Grievous vs Barbarous - What's the difference?

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Grievous is a related term of barbarous.

As adjectives the difference between grievous and barbarous

is that grievous is causing grief, pain or sorrow while barbarous is not classical or pure.



Alternative forms

* greuous (obsolete) * grievious (less common outside dialects)


(en adjective)
  • Causing grief, pain or sorrow.
  • * 1883 ,
  • As for the captain, his wounds were grievous indeed but not dangerous.
  • Serious, grave, dire or dangerous.
  • Synonyms

    * See also



    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete) barbarouse


    (en adjective)
  • Not classical or pure.
  • uncivilized, uncultured
  • Like a barbarian, especially in sound; noisy, dissonant.
  • I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs
    By the known rules of antient libertie,
    When strait a barbarous noise environs me
    Of Owles and Cuckoes, Asses, Apes and Doggs - (1673)

    Derived terms

    * barbarously * barbarousness