barbarize


barbarize
/bahr"beuh ruyz'/, v., barbarized, barbarizing.
v.t.
1. to make barbarous; brutalize; corrupt: foreign influences barbarizing the Latin language.
v.i.
2. to become barbarous; lapse into barbarism.
3. to use barbarisms in speaking or writing.
Also, esp. Brit., barbarise.
[1635-45; partly < Gk barbarízein, equiv. to bárbar(os) barbarian + -izein -IZE; partly BARBAR(OUS) + -IZE]

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