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

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Examples of savagery in a Sentence

The savagery of the attack was horrifying. an act of pure savagery the savageries committed by the soldiers
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Recent Examples on the Web To me, love for food should be about the appreciation of subtlety, not a delight in savagery. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: This hot sauce is a killer," 21 Jan. 2021 Even after the mob made its intentions clear, Trump feigned wanting the insurrectionists to go home peacefully while justifying their savagery. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s Capitol Hill terrorists affirmed the truth: America should not be restored. It must be rebuilt," 6 Jan. 2021 Most artists have hitherto displayed something of folly and savagery . . . History Magazine, "The Renaissance 'Prince of Painters' made a big impact in his short life," 22 Dec. 2020 There’s an edge of savagery in the illustrations that evokes the redness of tooth and claw. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: One Famous Fox," 18 Dec. 2020 Fennell was stunned, but the casual savagery of the gesture — the subtle, underhanded violence of it — impressed her. New York Times, "Emerald Fennell’s Dark, Jaded, Funny, Furious Fables of Female Revenge," 17 Dec. 2020 The savagery of the killings immediately struck a raw and angry nerve. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Top cartel leader, 2 other members arrested in connection to Mormon massacre," 25 Nov. 2020 Writing much of his dialogue in the Glasgow patter, Stuart has an ear for the city’s particular blend of warmth, savagery, and wit, even as his story’s more shocking scenes picture a generation devastated by very specific social circumstances. Liam Hess, Vogue, "The Beauty and Brutality of Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain," 8 Dec. 2020 The savagery of the killings immediately struck a raw and angry nerve. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Top cartel leader, 2 other members arrested in connection to Mormon massacre," 25 Nov. 2020

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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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29 Jan 2021

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“Savagery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savagery. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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savagery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of savagery

: a cruel or violent quality : a savage quality
: a cruel or violent act or action

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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