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savage

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of savage

  1. 1 a mean, evil, or unprincipled person <what kind of savage would hurt a baby?> Synonyms baddie (or baddy), beast, brute, caitiff, devil, evildoer, fiend, heavy, hound, knave, meanie (also meany), miscreant, monster, nazi, no-good, rapscallion, rascal, reprobate, rogue, villain, scalawag (or scallywag), scamp, scapegrace, scoundrel, varlet, wretchRelated Words villainess; blackguard; criminal, crook, culprit, felon, lawbreaker, malefactor, offender, perp, perpetrator, transgressor; sinner, trespasser, wrongdoer; cad, heel, serpent, snake, viper; bandit, bravo, desperado, outlaw; con, convict, jailbird; assassin, cutthroat, gangster, goon, gunman, hoodlum, hooligan, racketeer, ruffian, thug; rough, rowdy, tough; loser, lowlife, ne'er-do-well, stinker, trashNear Antonyms angel, innocent, saint; hero

  2. 2 an uncivilized person <inhabitants of exotic lands were invariably portrayed by early travel writers as savages> Synonyms barbarian, heathenRelated Words Neanderthal, primitive; noble savage




savage

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of savage

  1. 1 not civilized <Tarzan is usually portrayed as a noble but savage warrior of the jungle> Synonyms barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, heathen, heathenish, natural, Neanderthal (or Neandertal), rude, uncivil, uncivilized, uncultivated, wild Related Words coarse, crude, primitive, rough; uncouth, uncultured Near Antonyms cultured, enlightened, humane, sophisticated; genteel, polished, polite, refined, urbane, well-bred; semicivilized Antonyms civilized

  2. 2 having or showing the desire to inflict severe pain and suffering on others <a savage attack on a helpless person> Synonyms atrocious, barbaric, barbarous, brutal, brute, butcherly, fiendish, heartless, inhuman, inhumane, sadistic, cruel, truculent, vicious, wantonRelated Words hard-hearted, ironhearted, merciless, pitiless, ruthless, stonyhearted, unfeeling; fell, ferocious, grim; bloodthirsty, cutthroat, murderous, sanguinary, sanguine; catty, despiteful, hateful, malevolent, malicious, malign, malignant, mean, nasty, spiteful, vindictive; draconian, draconic, hardhanded, harsh, heavy-handed, oppressiveNear Antonyms tender, warm, warmhearted; charitable, clement, lenient, merciful, pitying; pacific, peaceable, peacefulAntonyms benign, benignant, compassionate, good-hearted, humane, kind, kindhearted, sympathetic, tenderhearted

  3. 3 living outdoors without taming or domestication by humans <savage beasts that seemed threatening to the tourists> Synonyms feral, wild, unbroken, undomesticated, untamed, wildingRelated Words uncontrolled, undocile, unsubdued, untrained; bestial, brutal, brute; barbarous, uncivilizedNear Antonyms controlled, docile, familiar, semidomesticated, subdued, submissive; halterbroken, housebroken, trained; civilized, semicivilized, socializedAntonyms broken, busted, domestic, domesticated, gentled, tame, tamed

  4. 4 violently unfriendly or aggressive in disposition <early explorers avoided those areas that were rumored to be inhabited by savage natives> Synonyms fell, ferocious, grim, fierce, viciousRelated Words argumentative, assaultive, bellicose, belligerent, brawly, chippy, combative, confrontational, discordant, disputatious, feisty, gladiatorial, militant, pugnacious, scrappy, warlike; bare-knuckle (also bare-knuckled or bare-knuckles), blood-and-guts, in-your-face, take-no-prisoners; contentious, quarrelsome, truculent; menacing, threatening; bestial, brute, inhuman, inhumane; barbaric, uncivilized, wild; heartless, implacable, merciless, pitiless, relentless, ruthless, unrelenting, wanton; bloodthirsty, bloody, homicidal, murdering, murderous, sanguinary, sanguine; rapacious, ravenous, voraciousNear Antonyms amicable, companionable, comradely, congenial, cordial, friendly, genial, hearty, warm, warmhearted; compliant, submissive, tame; benign, compassionate, kind, merciful; pacific, peaceable, peaceful; amiable, complaisant, obliging; human, humane; civilized, culturedAntonyms gentle, mild, unaggressive




savage

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of savage

  1. to criticize harshly and usually publicly <book reviewers mercilessly savaged his latest novel> Synonyms abuse, assail, bash, belabor, blast, castigate, excoriate, jump (on), lambaste (or lambast), potshot, attack, scathe, slam, trash, vituperateRelated Words berate, harangue, harass, harry, revile, scold, whip; blaspheme, curse, execrate, imprecate, profane; affront, insult, slur; asperse, bad-mouth, belittle, blackguard, disparage, put down; libel, slander, traduce, vilify; chastise, chide, criticize, lace (into), rebuke, reprimand, reproof; fulminate, lash (out)Near Antonyms acclaim, commend, compliment, hail, laud, praise




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