savagery

noun
sav·​age·​ry | \ ˈsa-vij-rē How to pronounce savagery (audio) , -vi-jə- \
plural savageries

Definition of savagery

1a : the quality of being savage
b : an act of cruelty or violence
2 : an uncivilized state

Examples of savagery in a Sentence

The savagery of the attack was horrifying. an act of pure savagery the savageries committed by the soldiers
Recent Examples on the Web In the Buffalo grocery store, where four employees were shot, the savagery and planning were evident: Mr. Gendron was armed with an assault weapon and wore body armor, the police said. New York Times, 15 May 2022 Embedded in these brutal games is the childish logic — perfectly rational in their circumstances — that savagery is a prerequisite for love. Hillary Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Part of it was the savagery of the attack at Torrey Pines State Beach. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2022 In the Buffalo grocery store, where four employees were shot, the savagery and planning were evident: Mr. Gendron was armed with an assault weapon and wore body armor, the police said. New York Times, 15 May 2022 But the riot during Querétaro’s match with Atlas of Guadalajara stood out for its savagery and the fact its horrific results were captured and shared on social media. Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2022 The book stresses Cromwell’s worst qualities, particularly his savagery toward his royalist countrymen. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 In the Buffalo grocery store, where four employees were shot, the savagery and planning were evident: Mr. Gendron was armed with an assault weapon and wore body armor, the police said. New York Times, 14 May 2022 White Americans, including Barrows, saw tribal settlements as the epitome of savagery. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of savagery

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of savagery was circa 1616

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10 Jun 2022

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“Savagery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savagery. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for savagery

savagery

noun
sav·​age·​ry | \ ˈsa-vij-rē How to pronounce savagery (audio) \
plural savageries

Kids Definition of savagery

1 : an uncivilized condition or character
2 : an act of cruelty or violence

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