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Synonyms for barbarian
bɑrˈbɛər i ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. savage, barbarian(noun)

    a member of an uncivilized people

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

    Antonyms:
    civilised, civilized

  2. peasant, barbarian, boor, churl, Goth, tyke, tike(adj)

    a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    civilized, civilised

  3. barbarian, barbaric, savage, uncivilized, uncivilised, wild(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    civilised, civilized

Wiktionary

  1. barbarian(noun)

    An uncivilized or uncultured person, originally compared to the hellenistic Greco-Roman civilisation; often associated with fighting or other such shows of strength.

    Synonyms:
    barbarous, barbaric

  2. barbarian(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    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.

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. barbarian(n.)

    Synonyms:
    savage

  2. barbarian(n.)

    Synonyms:
    brute, ruffian, brutal monster

  3. barbarian(a.)

    Synonyms:
    uncivilized, rude, savage, BARBAROUS, barbaric

  4. barbarian(a.)

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

barbaric, barbarous, berber, barbarism

How to use barbarian in a sentence?

  1. Arnold J. Toynbee:

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

  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. 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.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Violence is the tool of the barbarian; aggression is the method of the primitive; bloodshed is the way of the savage; cruelty is the manner of the brutish! To be called as a ‘civilised,’ man must be peaceable!

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