noble savage

noun

Definition of noble savage 

: a mythic conception of people belonging to non-European cultures as having innate natural simplicity and virtue uncorrupted by European civilization also : a person exemplifying this conception

First Known Use of noble savage

1670, in the meaning defined above

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