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

Barbarize \Bar"ba*rize\, verb (used with an object) [Cf. F. barbariser, LL. barbarizare.] To make barbarous.

The hideous changes which have barbarized France. --Burke.

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

Barbarize \Bar"ba*rize\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Barbarized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Barbarizing}.]

1. To become barbarous.

The Roman empire was barbarizing rapidly from the time of Trajan. --De Quincey.

2. To adopt a foreign or barbarous mode of speech.

The ill habit . . . of wretched barbarizing against the Latin and Greek idiom, with their untutored Anglicisms. --Milton.

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

barbarize

verb

1: become crude or savage or barbaric in behavior or language [syn: {barbarize}, {barbarise}]

2: make crude or savage in behavior or speech; "his years in prison have barbarized the young man" [syn: {barbarize}, {barbarise}]


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