barbarize

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barbarize (third-person singular simple present barbarizes, present participle barbarizing, simple past and past participle barbarized)

  1. (transitive) To cause to become savage or uncultured.
  2. (intransitive) To become savage or uncultured.
    • De Quincey
      The Roman empire was barbarizing rapidly from the time of Trajan.
  3. (intransitive) To adopt a foreign or barbarous mode of speech.
    • Milton
      The ill habit [] of wretched barbarizing against the Latin and Greek idiom, with their untutored Anglicisms.

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