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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Barbarism \Bar"ba*rism\ (b[aum]r"b[.a]*r[i^]z'm), noun [L. barbarismus, Gr. barbarismo's; cf. F. barbarisme.]

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

barbarism

noun

1: a brutal barbarous savage act [syn: {brutality}, {barbarity}, {barbarism}, {savagery}]


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