From Middle English barbarian, borrowed from Medieval Latin barbarinus ("Berber, pagan, Saracen, barbarian"), from Latin barbaria ("foreign country"), from barbarus, from Ancient Greek βάρβαρος ("foreign, non-Greek, strange"), possibly onomatopoeic (mimicking foreign languages, akin to English blah blah). Cognate to Sanskrit बर्बर ("barbarian, non-Aryan, stammering, blockhead").
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