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savage

[sav-ij] /ˈsæv ɪdʒ/
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 of savage
1250-1300
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
Related forms
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
Synonyms
1. wild, feral, fell; bloodthirsty. See cruel. 2. wild. 3. infuriated. 5. rough, uncultivated. 9. churl, oaf.
Antonyms
1. mild. 2, 4. cultured. 5. cultivated.
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  • He shook his fist at them savagely, then disappeared like a flash into the woods.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • "I am not looking after pretty women this voyage," said Morris, savagely.

  • "I will not go to this dinner," he said to himself, savagely, as he walked quickly up and down his room.

    To Leeward F. Marion Crawford
  • The unknown, lurking in the midst of the sticks and moss, was savagely clutching him by the nose.

    White Fang Jack London
  • "We have no time for tomfoolery," said the Secretary, breaking in savagely.

    The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for savagely

savage

/ˈsævɪdʒ/
adjective
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
noun
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
verb (transitive)
10.
to criticize violently
11.
to attack ferociously and wound: the dog savaged the child
Derived Forms
savagedom, noun
savagely, adverb
savageness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French sauvage, from Latin silvāticus belonging to a wood, from silva a wood

Savage

/ˈsævɪdʒ/
noun
1.
Michael Joseph. 1872-1940, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1935-40)
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Word Origin and History for savagely
adv.

c.1400; see savage (adj.) + -ly (2).

savage

adj.

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).

n.

"wild person," c.1400, from savage (adj.).

v.

"to tear with the teeth, maul," 1880, from savage (adj.). Earlier "to act the savage" (1560s). Related: Savaged; savaging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for savagely

savage

noun

A young police officer eager to make arrests (1940s+ Police)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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