What is barbarian?

  • (noun): A crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement.
    Synonyms: peasant, boor, churl, Goth, tyke, tike
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Barbarian, tartar and savage are terms used to refer to a person who is perceived to be uncivilized. The word is often used either in a general reference to a member of a nation or ethnos, typically a tribal society as seen by an urban civilization either viewed as inferior, or admired as a noble savage. In idiomatic or figurative usage, a "barbarian" may also be an individual reference to a brutal, cruel, warlike, insensitive person.

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Barbarian II
... Barbarian II is a 1991 fantasy action-adventure game by British publishers Psygnosis for the Atari ST and Amiga 500 ... You once again take on the role of simple barbarian Hegor in a quest to destroy your resilient and nefarious brother, the sorcerer Necron ...
Barbarian - Modern Popular Culture
... Modern popular culture contains such fantasy barbarians as Thundarr the Barbarian and Conan the Barbarian ... connotations traditionally associated with "Barbarian" are often inverted ... Howard's "Conan" series, is set soon after the "Barbarian" protagonist had forcibly seized the turbulent kingdom of Aquilonia from King Numedides, whom he strangled upon his throne ...
Late Roman Army - The "barbarisation" Theory
1) That the late army recruited much greater numbers of barbarian-born troops than the Principate army and (2) that the greater number of barbarian recruits resulted in a major decline of the army ... According to this view, the barbarian officers and men recruited by the late army, coming from tribes that were traditional enemies of Rome, had no real loyalty to ... At the same time, the spread of barbarian customs and culture led to a decline in traditional military discipline, and internal army disunity due to friction between Romans and barbarians ...
Texas Renaissance Festival - Themed Weekends - Barbarian Invasion
... Join in the barbarian invasion! The Barbarian King, and his band of barbarian buddies try to prove themselves civilized citizens of the realm ... Compete in rowdy contests of barbaric fashion Worst Dressed Barbarian, Barbarian Battle Cry, and prove your love of meat at the Turkey Leg Eating Contest ...
Conan The Barbarian (comics) - Awards
... Best New Talent Barry Smith 1971 Best Continuing Feature Conan the Barbarian Best Writer (Dramatic) Roy Thomas 1973 Best Individual Story (Dramatic) Song of Red Sonja from ...

More definitions of "barbarian":

  • (noun): A member of an uncivilized people.
    Synonyms: savage

Famous quotes containing the word barbarian:

    For the bright side of the painting I had a limited sympathy. My visions were of shipwreck and famine; of death or captivity among barbarian hordes; of a lifetime dragged out in sorrow and tears, upon some gray and desolate rock, in an ocean unapproachable and unknown.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

    But we still remember ... above all, the cool, free aspect of the wild apple trees, generously proffering their fruit to us, though still green and crude,—the hard, round, glossy fruit, which, if not ripe, still was not poison, but New English too, brought hither, its ancestors, by ours once. These gentler trees imparted a half-civilized and twilight aspect to the otherwise barbarian land.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)