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

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Whereas the book’s white characters are nuanced, Indian characters are reduced to dangerous adversaries or noble savages. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Little House, Big Fans: These People Really, Really Love Laura Ingalls Wilder," 24 Aug. 2019 That’s the only yeti to be found in the script, except obliquely, perhaps, in its endorsement of Rousseau’s concept of the noble savage. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "Review: At Rogue Machine, ‘Yeti’ lets loose their inner 12-year-old," 7 June 2019 That’s the only yeti to be found in the script, except obliquely, perhaps, in its endorsement of Rousseau’s concept of the noble savage. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "Review: At Rogue Machine, ‘Yeti’ lets loose their inner 12-year-old," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of noble savage

1670, in the meaning defined above

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