1. [ adjective ] (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
Synonyms: savage vicious cruel brutal roughshod fell

"a barbarous crime" "brutal beatings" "cruel tortures" "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks" "a savage slap" "vicious kicks"

Related terms: inhumane
2. [ adjective ] primitive in customs and culture
Related terms: noncivilized
Similar spelling:   barbarously