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savage

[sav-ij]
adjective
1.
fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed: savage beasts.
2.
uncivilized; barbarous: savage tribes.
3.
enraged or furiously angry, as a person.
4.
unpolished; rude: savage manners.
5.
wild or rugged, as country or scenery: savage wilderness.
6.
Archaic. uncultivated; growing wild.
noun
7.
an uncivilized human being.
8.
a fierce, brutal, or cruel person.
9.
a rude, boorish person.
10.
a member of a preliterate society.
verb (used with object), savaged, savaging.
11.
to assault and maul by biting, rending, goring, etc.; tear at or mutilate: numerous sheep savaged by dogs.
12.
to attack or criticize thoroughly or remorselessly; excoriate: a play savaged by the critics.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English savage, sauvage (adj.) < Middle French sauvage, salvage < Medieval Latin salvāticus, for Latin silvāticus, equivalent to silv(a) woods + -āticus adj. suffix

savagely, adverb
savageness, noun
half-savage, adjective
half-savagely, adverb
presavage, adjective
quasi-savage, adjective
quasi-savagely, adverb
semisavage, adjective
semisavage, noun
unsavage, adjective
unsavagely, adverb
unsavageness, noun


1. wild, feral, fell; bloodthirsty. See cruel. 2. wild. 3. infuriated. 5. rough, uncultivated. 9. churl, oaf.


1. mild. 2, 4. cultured. 5. cultivated.
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savage (ˈsævɪdʒ)
 
adj
1.  wild; untamed: savage beasts of the jungle
2.  ferocious in temper; vicious: a savage dog
3.  uncivilized; crude: savage behaviour
4.  (of peoples) nonliterate or primitive: a savage tribe
5.  (of terrain) rugged and uncultivated
6.  obsolete far from human habitation
 
n
7.  a member of a nonliterate society, esp one regarded as primitive
8.  a crude or uncivilized person
9.  a fierce or vicious person or animal
 
vb
10.  to criticize violently
11.  to attack ferociously and wound: the dog savaged the child
 
[C13: from Old French sauvage, from Latin silvāticus belonging to a wood, from silva a wood]
 
'savagedom
 
n
 
'savagely
 
adv
 
'savageness
 
n

Savage (ˈsævɪdʒ)
 
n
Michael Joseph. 1872-1940, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1935-40)

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savage
c.1300, "wild, undomesticated, untamed" (of animals and places), from O.Fr. sauvage, salvage "wild, savage, untamed," from L.L. salvaticus, alteration of silvaticus "wild," lit. "of the woods," from silva "forest, grove." Of persons, the meaning "reckless, ungovernable" is attested from c.1400l earlier
in sense "indomitable, valiant" (c.1300). Implications of ferocity are attested from 1579, earlier of animals (1407). The noun meaning "wild person" is from 1588; the verb meaning "to tear with the teeth, maul" is from 1880.
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