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Barbaric in a Sentence

Examples of barbaric in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of barbaric, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - without civilizing influences

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EXAMPLES - Barbaric in a Sentence

  1. But, up next: It's being called a barbaric massacre. (source)
  2. They're all epically bad ass in barbaric proportions. (source)
  3. The term barbaric seem to have goodness of fit for the situation described above. (source)
  4. I should not, therefore, apply the word barbaric, as I am using it, to the duels of (source)
  5. You think that me calling the terrorists of al Qaeda barbaric is racist and bigoted? (source)
  6. Since these words cannot be called barbaric, they will perhaps be called sentimental. (source)
  7. Could such inhuman tactics be called barbaric, cowardly, unconscionable, indefensible? (source)
  8. Let no breath now be wasted in barbaric curses, no power lost in indiscriminate vengeance. (source)
  9. They want practice, which they describe as barbaric and antiquated, to end once and for all. (source)
  10. SNOW: Prosecutors allege Stinson subjected the boy to what they called barbaric conditioning. (source)
  11. She said that Taliban who were labelled barbaric and uncivilised gave her complete privacy in the prison. (source)
  12. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan condemned what he called a "barbaric, senseless and cowardly attack." (source)
  13. The duel, for example, can legitimately be called a barbaric thing, but the word is here used in another sense. (source)
  14. The Libyan Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, issued a statement condemning what it called the "barbaric" killing of civilians. (source)
  15. "The MDC deplores in strongest terms the barbaric, disgusting behaviour by a party that thrives on violence," MDC party spokesman (source)
  16. It was a barren hump; upon its crest, and alone in barbaric majesty, stood a row of grass trees silhouetted against the sunset sky. (source)
  17. As long as the Palestinians engage in barbaric rockets attacks on civilians, kidnappings and suicide bombings there will be no peace. (source)
  18. It's a process that critics call barbaric, but traditional Chinese medicine uses it to treat everything from heart disease to impotence. (source)
  19. Government policy designed to deter asylum seekers has been condemned as "barbaric" - while new research suggests it has no impact anyway. (source)
  20. State Department spokesman Mark Toner called the Syrian attacks "barbaric," adding, "We don't throw the word 'barbaric' around here very often." (source)
  21. Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia didn't take aim at Vick specifically, but he was incensed by what he called barbaric practice of dog fighting. (source)
  22. "My problem with the use of the word barbaric is that it was chosen to reassure Canadians rather than actually change unacceptable behaviours," he said. (source)
  23. We have already considered in what sense we use the word barbaric: it is in the sense of one who is hostile to civilisation, not one who is insufficient in it. (source)
  24. Prosecutors charge that Max's coach, Jason Stinson, is responsible for running what they call a barbaric practice, forcing players to run sprints with little water. (source)
  25. Prosecutors alleged that the coach Jason Stinson is responsible for running what they call a barbaric practice forcing players to run sprints with very little water. (source)
  26. "This cowardly act is an indication of a total absence of morals by those allegedly responsible and such behaviour can only be described as barbaric," the statement said. (source)
  27. Trudeau argued that the government should have qualified violence against women as "absolutely unacceptable" instead of belittling other cultures with the word "barbaric." (source)
  28. In a phone call to the Algerian president, Sarkozy "firmly condemned what he described as barbaric, hateful and deeply cowardly acts", said presidential spokesman David Martinon. (source)
  29. I should not, therefore, apply the word barbaric, as I am using it, to the duels of German officers, or even the broadsword combats that are conventional among the German students. (source)
  30. I should not, therefore, apply the word barbaric, as I am using it, to the duels of German officers or even to the broadsword combats that are conventional among the German students. (source)
  31. Syria's ruling Ba'ath Party, Aneesh, has issued a statement vowing to fully support the Lebanese people and their heroic resistance against what it calls the barbaric Israeli aggression. (source)
  32. In fact, there is a treasure buried within the old so-called barbaric or pre-scientific interpretations of the differential calculus, which must be separated from its infinitesimal matrix. (source)
  33. For the most part what we in the West would called a barbaric custom would be practiced by ill-educated people, perhaps in rural areas where tribal influences and family honor are paramount. (source)
  34. What is fair and what is foul is sometimes up for cultural interpretation, and it is difficult to reconcile ourselves to behavior which we call barbaric and another culture might call honorable. (source)
  35. In Rome, the Italian Foreign Ministry condemned what it called a "barbaric murder" and a "vile and irrational gesture of violence on the part of extremists indifferent to the value of a human life." (source)
  36. Most interestingly, is the following "short list" of countries in relation to the United States and much of our continued rhetoric regarding nations that we have described as barbaric or part of the "Axis of Evil." (source)
  37. Leading the way was Information Minister Olivia Grange, who lashed out at the criminals, and Opposition Spokes-person on Youth, Lisa Hanna, who expressed horror at what she described as the barbaric attacks on children. (source)
  38. The story of St. John is cast in barbaric colours during the hundred years that it was a trading post visited by passing sailors and soldiers of fortune from many lands, and for ever the scene of the jealous little wars of fur traders. (source)
  39. "If one was to use one's imagination, (one) could say that these traumatized, and for lack of a better word barbaric, guards were just basically trying to get their kicks in right now for fear that they won't be able to later," he said. (source)
  40. It was not a success; but some day the race will produce pearls from cultivated oyster beds as we now get our eggs from chickens; that is, provided the coming man is not to regard jewelry of all kinds as barbaric -- "_barbaric_ pearls and gold" are Milton's very words, and great poets are prophets. (source)
  41. For generations they had held the land, and, though their clothing was scanty and their customs odd, they possessed many of the elements of character that are esteemed noble, and, had they been left to themselves, they might have progressed -- so people who have studied into their character now believe -- into a fairly advanced stage of what is known as barbaric civilization. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 44.0, which suggests that "barbaric" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 18 synonyms for barbaric.

barbarian, barbarous, boorish, brutal, coarse, cruel, fierce, graceless, inhuman, lowbrow, primitive, rough, rude, tasteless, uncivilized, uncouth, vulgar, wild


We have 7 antonyms for barbaric.

civilized, cultured, gentle, kind, nice, refined, sophisticated


Pronunciation: (bär-bărˈĭk)

Syllabification: bar-bar-ic


View up to 25 definitions of barbaric from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Of, relating to, or characteristic of barbarians.
  2. (adjective) Marked by crudeness or lack of restraint in taste, style, or manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Of or relating to a barbarian; uncivilised, uncultured or uncouth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Of, or from, barbarian nations; foreign; -- often with reference to barbarous nations of east.
  2. (adjective) Of or pertaining to, or resembling, an uncivilized person or people; barbarous; barbarian; destitute of refinement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Foreign.
  2. (None) Uncivilized; barbarian: as, “barbaric or Gothic invaders,” T. Warton, On Milton's Smaller Poems.
  3. (None) Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of barbarians or their art; hence, ornate without being in accordance with cultivated taste; wildly rich or magnificent.
  4. (None) Synonyms Barbarian, Barbarous, Barbaric. See barbarian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) without civilizing influences
  2. (adjective) unrestrained and crudely rich