From Latin barbarus (“foreigner, savage”), from Ancient Greek βάρβαρος (barbaros, “foreign, strange”).
barbarous (comparative more barbarous, superlative most barbarous)
- (said of language) Not classical or pure.
- uncivilized, uncultured
- Like a barbarian, especially in sound; noisy, dissonant.
- I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs
- By the known rules of antient libertie,
- When strait a barbarous noise environs me
- Of Owles and Cuckoes, Asses, Apes and Doggs - I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs, John Milton (1673)
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