1. without civilizing influences; uncivilized; primitive: barbaric invaders.
  2. of, like, or befitting barbarians: a barbaric empire; barbaric practices.
  3. crudely rich or splendid: barbaric decorations.


  1. of or characteristic of barbarians
  2. primitive or unsophisticated; unrestrained
  3. brutal

late 15c., “uncultured, uncivilized, unpolished,” from French barbarique (15c.), from Latin barbaricus “foreign, strange, outlandish,” from Greek barbarikos “like a foreigner,” from barbaros “foreign, rude” (see barbarian). Meaning “pertaining to barbarians” is from 1660s.

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