barbarize

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɑː(ɹ)bəɹaɪz/
    • (file)

Verb[edit]

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.
    • 1839, Thomas De Quincey, Philosophy of Roman History (published in Blackwood's Magazine)
      The Roman empire was barbarizing rapidly from the time of Trajan.
  3. (intransitive) To adopt a foreign or barbarous mode of speech.

Translations[edit]