Pronunciation: (bär'bu-riz"um), [key]
1. a barbarous or uncivilized state or condition.
2. a barbarous act; something belonging to or befitting a barbarous condition.
3. the use in a language of forms or constructions felt by some to be undesirably alien to the established standards of the language.
4. such a form or construction: Some people consider “complected” as a barbarism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.