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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 of savage 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, wretchWords Related to savage 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 of savage angel, innocent, saint; hero

  2. 2 an uncivilized person inhabitants of exotic lands were invariably portrayed by early travel writers as savages Synonyms of savage barbarian, heathenWords Related to savage 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 of savage barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, heathen, heathenish, natural, Neanderthal (or Neandertal), rude, uncivil, uncivilized, uncultivated, wild Words Related to savage coarse, crude, primitive, rough; uncouth, uncultured Near Antonyms of savage cultured, enlightened, humane, sophisticated; genteel, polished, polite, refined, urbane, well-bred; semicivilized Antonyms of savage civilized

  2. 2 having or showing the desire to inflict severe pain and suffering on others a savage attack on a helpless person Synonyms of savage atrocious, barbaric, barbarous, brutal, brute, butcherly, fiendish, heartless, inhuman, inhumane, sadistic, cruel, truculent, vicious, wantonWords Related to savage 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 of savage tender, warm, warmhearted; charitable, clement, lenient, merciful, pitying; pacific, peaceable, peacefulAntonyms of savage 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 of savage feral, wild, unbroken, undomesticated, untamed, wildingWords Related to savage uncontrolled, undocile, unsubdued, untrained; bestial, brutal, brute; barbarous, uncivilizedNear Antonyms of savage controlled, docile, familiar, semidomesticated, subdued, submissive; halterbroken, housebroken, trained; civilized, semicivilized, socializedAntonyms of savage 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 of savage fell, ferocious, grim, fierce, viciousWords Related to savage 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 of savage 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 of savage gentle, mild, unaggressive

Synonym Discussion of savage

fierce, ferocious, barbarous, savage, cruel mean showing fury or malignity in looks or actions. fierce applies to humans and animals that inspire terror because of their wild and menacing aspect or fury in attack.
    • fierce warriors
ferocious implies extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality.
    • a ferocious dog
barbarous implies a ferocity or mercilessness regarded as unworthy of civilized people.
    • barbarous treatment of prisoners
savage implies the absence of inhibitions restraining civilized people filled with rage, lust, or other violent passion.
    • a savage criminal
cruel implies indifference to suffering and even positive pleasure in inflicting it.
    • the cruel jokes of schoolboys

savage

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of savage

  1. to criticize harshly and usually publicly book reviewers mercilessly savaged his latest novel Synonyms of savage abuse, assail, bash, belabor, blast, castigate, excoriate, jump (on), lambaste (or lambast), potshot, attack, scathe, slam, trash, vituperateWords Related to savage 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 of savage acclaim, commend, compliment, hail, laud, praise



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