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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: barbarien, from Latin barbarus; BARBAROUS

barbarian

noun
     
Related topics: Nationality and Race, History
bar‧bar‧i‧an [countable]
1SANSH someone from a different tribe or land, who people believe to be wild and not civilized:
The Roman Empire came under severe pressure from the barbarians across the Rhine.
2 someone who does not behave properly, and does not show proper respect for education, art etc:
The youths were described as uncivilised barbarians who savagely attacked innocent victims.
3 someone who behaves in a way that is cruel and uncivilized

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