1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of barbarians.
2. Marked by crudeness or lack of sophistication: "The public display of this distasteful object was barbaric" (P.D. James).
3. Brutal or cruel: a barbaric tyrant.
[Latin barbaricus, from Greek barbarikos, from barbaros, foreign.]
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