Definition of barbaric adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɑːˈbærɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrˈbærɪk//
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  1. 1cruel and violent and not as expected from people who are educated and respect each other a barbaric act/custom/ritual The way these animals are killed is barbaric. It was described as a particularly barbaric act.
  2. 2connected with barbarians
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘a barbarian’): from Old French barbarique, or via Latin from Greek barbarikos, from barbaros ‘foreign’ (especially with reference to speech).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: barbaric