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.

grievous

English

Alternative forms

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

Adjective

(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

    barbarous

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete) barbarouse

    Adjective

    (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