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savage

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adjective sav·age \ˈsa-vij\

Definition of savage

  1. 1a :  not domesticated or under human control :  untamed <savage beasts>b :  lacking the restraints normal to civilized human beings :  fierce, ferocious <a savage criminal>

  2. 2 :  wild, uncultivated <seldom have I seen such savage scenery — Douglas Carruthers>

  3. 3a :  boorish, rude <the savage bad manners of most motorists — M. P. O'Connor>b :  malicious

  4. 4 :  lacking complex or advanced culture :  uncivilized <a savage country>

savagely

adverb

savageness

noun


Examples of savage in a sentence

  1. He was the victim of a savage attack.

  2. The coast was lashed by savage storms.

  3. He wrote savage satires about people he didn't like.



Origin and Etymology of savage

Middle English, from Anglo-French salvage, savage, from Late Latin salvaticus, alteration of Latin silvaticus of the woods, wild, from silva wood, forest


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of savage

fierce, ferocious, barbarous, savage, cruel mean showing fury or malignity in looks or actions. fierce applies to humans and animals that inspire terror because of their wild and menacing aspect or fury in attack <fierce warriors>. ferocious implies extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality <a ferocious dog>. barbarous implies a ferocity or mercilessness regarded as unworthy of civilized people <barbarous treatment of prisoners>. savage implies the absence of inhibitions restraining civilized people filled with rage, lust, or other violent passion <a savage criminal>. cruel implies indifference to suffering and even positive pleasure in inflicting it <the cruel jokes of schoolboys>.

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savage

noun sav·age

Definition of savage

  1. 1 :  a person belonging to a primitive society

  2. 2 :  a brutal person

  3. 3 :  a rude or unmannerly person



Examples of savage in a sentence

  1. What kind of savage could have committed such a terrible crime?

  2. <what kind of savage would hurt a baby?>



15th Century

First Known Use of savage

15th century

Other Anthropology Terms


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savage

transitive verb sav·age

Simple Definition of savage

  • : to attack or treat (someone or something) in a very cruel, violent, or harsh way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of savage

savaged

savaging

  1. :  to attack or treat brutally

Examples of savage in a sentence

  1. He looked like he'd been savaged by a wild animal.

  2. A hurricane savaged the city.

  3. The newspapers savaged his reputation.



1880

First Known Use of savage

1880

Rhymes with savage


Savage

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biographical name Sav·age \ˈsa-vij\

Definition of Savage

  1. Michael Joseph 1872–1940 prime min. of New Zealand (1935–40)




SAVAGE Defined for Kids

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savage

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adjective sav·age \ˈsa-vij\

Definition of savage for Students

  1. 1 :  not tamed :  wild <savage beasts>

  2. 2 :  being cruel and brutal :  fierce <a savage attack>

savagely

adverb <They fought savagely.>


History for savage

In Latin the adjective silvaticus, (derived from the noun silva, “forest”) meant “growing or living in the forest.” Because forest life is wild rather than domesticated, the adjective easily took on the meaning “wild” in later Latin. Altered to salvaticus, the word passed into Old French as sauvage. When it was borrowed into Middle English, it kept the meanings “wild, uncultivated (of fruit)” and “untamed (of animals).” But sauvage could also be applied to humans, in which case its meanings could range from “not civilized, barbarous” to “fierce, cruel.” It is mainly the last sense that modern English savage brings to mind.


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noun sav·age

Definition of savage for Students

  1. 1 :  a person belonging to a group with a low level of civilization

  2. 2 :  a cruel or violent person





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