barbarism

Part of speech: noun

The condition of a people between savagery and civilization; rudeness.

Part of speech: noun

A foreign or disapproved word or idiom.

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Usage examples "barbarism":

  1. The Times perceived in " the Celtic twilight" a " slovenly old barbarism." - "Irish Nationality", Alice Stopford Green.
  2. I think plants in a ward are a barbarism, for as they are always arranged on the table by the door, it is again obvious that they are intended only to minister to the eye of the visitor, that race of gods. - "A Diary Without Dates", Enid Bagnold.
  3. The Boy sat devising schemes to prevent the barbarism should it come to that. - "The Magnetic North", Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond).