[ UK /bˈɑːbæɹəs/ ]
[ US /ˈbɑɹbɝəs/ ]
  1. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
    a barbarous crime
    Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks
    brutal beatings
    vicious kicks
    a savage slap
    cruel tortures
  2. primitive in customs and culture
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How To Use barbarous In A Sentence

  • So, she ran round and round the scaffold with the executioner striking at her, and her grey hair bedabbled with blood; and even when they held her down upon the block she moved her head about to the last, resolved to be no party to her own barbarous murder. A Child's History of England
  • Down below, a mass of brank-ursine formed as it were a pedestal, from the midst of which sprang scarlet geum, rhodanthe with stiff petals, and clarkia with great white carved crosses, that looked like the insignia of some barbarous order. La faute de l'Abbe Mouret
  • The outcry against such autocratic barbarousness became nearly universal.
  • I NOTICE that apart from the widespread complaint that the German pilotless planes ‘seem so unnatural’ (a bomb dropped by a live airman is quite natural, apparently), some journalists are denouncing them as barbarous, inhumane, and ‘an indiscriminate attack on civilians’. As I Please
  • In the times which we call barbarous, great benefices and abbeys were taxed in France to the third of their revenue. A Philosophical Dictionary
  • These nine were, according to the barbarous practice of those kind of people, marooned, that is, set on shore on an uninhabited island. Lives of the Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences
  • The trade in exotic birds is barbarous and inhumane.
  • So far as the essence of justice is concerned, there is no difference between one of the cases of punishment which you called barbarous, and one in which the penalty follows the offence within the hour. Dr. Heidenhoff's Process
  • When the word ‘scientist’ was first spoken in 1833, it was meant as a joke: its coinage first drew laughs and later was attacked as ‘an American barbarous trisyllable.’
  • As if in relate of a king's barbarous thoughts, Oswald right widely separated appears lusting for a red red blood of bad Gloucester, a attempted attempted attempted attempted murder which would win a menial reward from Goneril. Archive 2009-11-01
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