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Synonyms for barbarian
bɑrˈbɛər i ənbar·bar·ian

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  1. barbarianadjective

    barbarous, barbaric

  2. barbarianadjective

    Relating to people, countries or customs perceived as uncivilized or inferior.

    barbaric, barbarous

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. barbarian

    Whatever is not civilized is barbarian; barbaric indicates rude magnificence, uncultured richness; as, barbaric splendor, a barbaric melody. Barbarous refers to the worst side of barbarian life, and to revolting acts, especially of cruelty, such as a civilized man would not be expected to do; as, a barbarous deed. We may, however, say barbarous nations, barbarous tribes, without implying anything more than want of civilization and culture. Savage is more distinctly bloodthirsty than barbarous. In this sense we speak of a savage beast and of barbarous usage.

    atrocious, barbaric, barbarous, brutal, cruel, inhuman, merciless, rude, savage, uncivilized, uncouth, untamed

    civilized, courtly, cultured, delicate, elegant, graceful, humane, nice, polite, refined, tender, urbane

Princeton's WordNet

  1. savage, barbariannoun

    a member of an uncivilized people

    tyke, peasant, brute, savage, wildcat, beast, wolf, churl, boor, tike

    civilised, civilized

  2. peasant, barbarian, boor, churl, Goth, tyke, tikeadjective

    a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

    skinflint, nestling, crank, kid, bucolic, nipper, tiddler, savage, small fry, crosspatch, child, shaver, provincial, peasant, churl, tyke, boor, tike, grouch, niggard, youngster, fry, grump, scrooge, minor

    civilized, civilised

  3. barbarian, barbaric, savage, uncivilized, uncivilised, wildadjective

    without civilizing influences

    "barbarian invaders"; "barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes"

    raging, brutal, gaga, violent, dotty, untamed, unfounded, ferocious, fierce, cruel, tempestuous, fell, roughshod, ferine, godforsaken, uncivilised, hazardous, uncivilized, waste, baseless, risky, angry, idle, wild, savage, fantastic, groundless, feral, vicious, crazy, raving mad, barbaric, furious, unwarranted, barbarous

    civilised, civilized

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  1. barbariannoun


  2. barbariannoun

    brute, ruffian, brutal monster

  3. barbarianadjective

    uncivilized, rude, savage, BARBAROUS, barbaric

  4. barbarianadjective

    inhuman, brutal, cruel, unfeeling, ruthless, truculent, ferocious, fierce, fell, bloody, brutish

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. barbarianadjective

    barbarous, savage, rude, uncivilized

  2. barbariannoun


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "barbarian":

    barbaric, barbarous, berber, barbarism

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How to use barbarian in a sentence?

  1. Simms:

    The true law of the race is progress and development. Whatever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.

  2. George Bernard Shaw, "Ceasar and Cleopatra":

    Pardon him, Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.

  3. Arnold J. Toynbee:

    History teaches us that when a barbarian race confronts a sleeping culture, the barbarian always wins.

  4. Mariana Fulger:

    Culture sets apart man from barbarian, but not in all regards.

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