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bar•ba•rism



Pronunciation: (bär'bu-riz"um), [key]
n.
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.

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