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bar·ba·rous  audio  (bärbr-s) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Primitive in culture and customs; uncivilized.
  2. Lacking refinement or culture; coarse.
  3. Characterized by savagery; very cruel. See Synonyms at cruel.
  4. Marked by the use or occurrence of barbarisms in spoken or written language.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin barbarus, from Greek barbaros, non-Greek, foreign ; see barbarism

OTHER FORMS:
barba·rous·ly(Adverb), barba·rous·ness(Noun)


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