Merciless vs Barbarous - What's the difference?

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Merciless is a related term of barbarous.


As adjectives the difference between merciless and barbarous

is that merciless is showing no mercy; cruel and pitiless while barbarous is not classical or pure.

merciless

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • showing no mercy; cruel and pitiless
  • Synonyms

    * unmerciful

    Derived terms

    * mercilessness

    Anagrams

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    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