Impertinent vs Barbarous - What's the difference?

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Impertinent is a related term of barbarous.

As adjectives the difference between impertinent and barbarous

is that impertinent is insolent, ill-mannered while barbarous is not classical or pure.

As a noun impertinent

is an impertinent individual.




(en adjective)
  • insolent, ill-mannered
  • * Tillotson
  • things that are impertinent to us
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • How impertinent that grief was which served no end!
  • irrelevant (opposite of pertinent)
  • Usage notes

    Although, historically, definition 2 was the original (derived from the French below) usage; meaning gradually changed to definition 1. More recently general usage has come to, once again, incorporate definition 2. As many older speakers will consider definition 2 incorrect, avoiding the word altogether may be advisable. The construction "not pertinent" is one possible alternative.


    * See also


    (en noun)
  • An impertinent individual.
  • * (Maria Edgeworth)
  • comfortably recessed from curious impertinents



    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