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Meaning of BARBARISM

Pronunciation:  'bârbu`rizum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a brutal barbarous savage act

BARBARISM is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: barbarity, brutality, savagery
 See Also: atrocity, inhumanity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bar"ba*rism\, n. [L. barbarismus, Gr. ?; cf. F.
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.

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