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Goth (goth) noun

A rude or uncivilized person.

[From Goth, one of a Germanic tribe who invaded the Roman empire during the third, fourth and fifth centuries.]

"Meanwhile, his (Newt Gingrich's) pronunciamentos swing wildly between statesman and Goth. One minute he sounds like Peter Rodino, the next like, well, Gingrich." Michael Powell, The Speaker, Holding His Tongue, The Washington Post, Oct 31, 1998.

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