Definition of barbarism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɑːbərɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːrbərɪzəm//
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  1. 1a state of not having any education, respect for art, etc. the long, slow descent of the Roman Empire into barbarism
  2. 2cruel or violent behaviour the barbarism of war
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French barbarisme, via Latin from Greek barbarismos, from barbarizein ‘speak like a foreigner’, from barbaros ‘foreign’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: barbarism