Things that are barbaric, are uncivilized and brutal. People have different opinions about hunting — for some, it's a way of life, and for others it's barbaric.

You can use the adjective barbaric to describe anything that's needlessly cruel, whether it's the inhumane treatment of people by a barbaric government, or the barbaric way your neighbor treats his dog. Another, milder, definition of barbaric is unsophisticated or uncivilized, like the barbaric behavior of someone who belches loudly in a fancy restaurant. This meaning is echoed in the Greek root barbaros, which means "foreign or rude."

Definitions of barbaric
  1. adjective
    without civilizing influences
    barbaric practices”
    synonyms: barbarian, savage, uncivilised, uncivilized, wild
    noncivilised, noncivilized
    not having a high state of culture and social development
  2. adjective
    unrestrained and crudely rich
    barbaric use of color or ornament”
    lacking aesthetic or social taste
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