Barbarism Bar"ba*rism (b[aum]r"b[.a]*r[i^]z'm), n. [L. barbarismus, Gr. barbarismo`s; cf. F. barbarisme.] 1. An uncivilized state or condition; rudeness of manners; ignorance of arts, learning, and literature; barbarousness. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

2. A barbarous, cruel, or brutal action; an outrage. [1913 Webster]

A heinous barbarism . . . against the honor of marriage. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. An offense against purity of style or language; any form of speech contrary to the pure idioms of a particular language. See {Solecism}. [1913 Webster]

The Greeks were the first that branded a foreign term in any of their writers with the odious name of barbarism. --G. Campbell. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.