from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An act, trait, or custom characterized by ignorance or crudity.
- n. The use of words, forms, or expressions considered incorrect or unacceptable.
- n. A specific word, form, or expression so used.
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- n. A barbaric act.
- n. The condition of existing barbarically.
- n. An error in language use within a single word, such as a mispronunciation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An uncivilized state or condition; rudeness of manners; ignorance of arts, learning, and literature; barbarousness.
- n. A barbarous, cruel, or brutal action; an outrage.
- n. An offense against purity of style or language; any form of speech contrary to the pure idioms of a particular language. See Solecism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An offense against purity of style or language; originally, the mixing of foreign words and phrases in Latin or Greek; hence, the use of words or forms not made according to the accepted usages of a language: limited by some modern writers on rhetoric to an offense against the accepted rules of derivation or inflection, as hisn or hern for his or her, gooses for geese, goodest for best, pled for pleaded, proven for proved.
- n. A word or form so used; an expression not made in accordance with the proper usages of a language.
- n. An uncivilized state or condition; want of civilization; rudeness of life resulting from ignorance or want of culture.
- n. An act of barbarity; an outrage.
- n. Synonyms Barbarism, Solecism, etc. See impropriety.
- n. In anthropology, the conditions of barbarian society. See barbarian, a., 5.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a brutal barbarous savage act
Latin barbarismus, use of a foreign tongue or of one's own tongue amiss, barbarism, from Greek barbarismos, from barbarizein, to behave or speak like a barbarian, from barbaros, non-Greek, foreign (imitative of the sound of unintelligible speech).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)