savage Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a member of an uncivilized people
noun a cruelly rapacious person
beast; wolf; brute; wildcat.
verb attack brutally and fiercely
verb criticize harshly or violently
crucify; blast; pillory.
- The press savaged the new President
- The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage
adjective satellite (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
barbarous; vicious; brutal; cruel; fell; roughshod.
- a barbarous crime
- brutal beatings
- cruel tortures
- Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks
- a savage slap
- vicious kicks
adjective satellite wild and menacing
- a pack of feral dogs
adjective satellite without civilizing influences
barbarian; barbaric; uncivilized; uncivilised; wild.
- barbarian invaders
- barbaric practices
- a savage people
- fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade
- wild tribes
adjective satellite marked by extreme and violent energy
fierce; furious; ferocious.
- a ferocious beating
- fierce fighting
- a furious battle
Of or pertaining to the forest; remote from human abodes and cultivation; in a state of nature; nature; wild; as, a. savagewilderness
Wild; untamed; uncultivated; as,. savagebeasts
Cornels, and savage berries of the wood. Dryden.
Uncivilized; untaught; unpolished; rude; as,. savagelife; savagemanners
What nation, since the commencement of the Christian era, ever rose from savage to civilized without Christianity? E. D. Griffin.
Characterized by cruelty; barbarous; fierce; ferocious; inhuman; brutal; as, a. savagespirit Syn. -- Ferocious; wild; uncultivated; untamed; untaught; uncivilized; unpolished; rude; brutish; brutal; heathenish; barbarous; cruel; inhuman; fierce; pitiless; merciless; unmerciful; atrocious. See Ferocious.
A human being in his native state of rudeness; one who is untaught; uncivilized, or without cultivation of mind or manners.
A man of extreme, unfeeling, brutal cruelty; a barbarian.
Sav"age transitive verb
To make savage.R.
Its bloodhounds, savaged by a cross of wolf. South.
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