She must whitewash these brown men and women, rid them of their savage, slavish ways, and repaint them in her own image.
The savage violence, the large-scale death and maiming of World War II were just beginning to loosen up social mores a la Mad Men.
savage noted that “HIV/AIDS forced us to start talking about what people are doing in bed.”
mid-13c., "fierce, ferocious;" c.1300, "wild, undomesticated, untamed" (of animals and places), from Old French sauvage, salvage "wild, savage, untamed, strange, pagan," from Late Latin salvaticus, alteration of silvaticus "wild," literally "of the woods," from silva "forest, grove" (see sylvan). Of persons, the meaning "reckless, ungovernable" is attested from c.1400, earlier in sense "indomitable, valiant" (c.1300).
"wild person," c.1400, from savage (adj.).
"to tear with the teeth, maul," 1880, from savage (adj.). Earlier "to act the savage" (1560s). Related: Savaged; savaging.
A young police officer eager to make arrests (1940s+ Police)