Definitions for: Barbarism


[n] a brutal barbarous savage act



Webster (1913) Definition: Bar"ba*rism, n. [L. barbarismus, Gr. ?; cf. F.
barbarisme.]
1. An uncivilized state or condition; rudeness of manners;
ignorance of arts, learning, and literature;
barbarousness. --Prescott.

2. A barbarous, cruel, or brutal action; an outrage.

A heinous barbarism . . . against the honor of
marriage. --Milton.

3. An offense against purity of style or language; any form
of speech contrary to the pure idioms of a particular
language. See Solecism.

The Greeks were the first that branded a foreign
term in any of their writers with the odious name of
barbarism. --G. Campbell.

Synonyms: barbarity, brutality, savagery

See Also: atrocity, inhumanity

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