Barbarous vs Brutish - What's the difference?

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Barbarous is a related term of brutish.

As adjectives the difference between barbarous and brutish

is that barbarous is not classical or pure while brutish is of, or in the manner of a brute.



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




    (en adjective)
  • Of, or in the manner of a brute
  • Bestial; lacking human sensibility
  • Quotations

    * 1651 , (Thomas Hobbes), *: No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish , and short. * 1843 , (Thomas Carlyle), '', book 3, ch. IX, ''Working Aristocracy *: The haggard despair of Cotton-factory, Coal-mine operatives, Farm-labourers, in these days, is painful to behold; but not so painful, hideous to the inner sense, as the brutish god-forgetting Profit-and-Loss Philosophy, and Life-theory, which we hear jangled on all hands of us […] * {{quote-magazine, title=Towards the end of poverty , date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=11, magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 (the average of the 15 poorest countries’ own poverty lines, measured in 2005 dollars and adjusted for differences in purchasing power): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.}}