Encyclopedia > Barbarian

  Article Content


Barbarian is a disparaging term for foreigner, one not sharing a recognized culture or degree of polish with the speaker or writer employing the term. The word derives from the Greek, and expresses with mocking duplication ("bar-bar") alleged attempts by outsiders to speak a "real" language. Historically, the term finds widespread use, for example, in categorizing peoples from outside the Roman Empire. Often today, barbarian is used to mean someone violent or uncivilized in general.

Related terms are barbaric and barbarous. See also malapropism.

See also:

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article

...     Contents Autocracy Autocracy is a form of government which resides in the absolute power of a single individual. The term can b ...

This page was created in 37.9 ms