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[sav-ij-ree] /ˈsæv ɪdʒ ri/
noun, plural savageries.
an uncivilized or barbaric state or condition; barbarity.
savage action, nature, disposition, or behavior.
Origin of savagery
1585-95; savage + -ry
Related forms
presavagery, noun Unabridged
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  • But tales of their savagery and wiliness don't all come from sensationalist authors looking to make a buck.
  • Civilized life affords plenty of opportunities for heroes, and for a better kind than war or any other savagery has ever produced.
  • For the rise of monarchy appears to be an essential condition of the emergence of mankind from savagery.
  • The savagery of society and the greediness of government are proportional to each other.
  • Human progress has often been made in the space between idealism and savagery.
  • It is a story that opens up in the end to uncover the foundation of savagery on which human society rests.
  • Coming upon the soldiers' leader he stabs him with animal savagery.
  • Such personal savagery helped maintain a kind of discipline among his troops.
  • Postmortems yield a tale of savagery and tragedy aboard a hijacked airliner.
  • Animal savagery was seen as irrational and lacking in reason.
British Dictionary definitions for savagery


noun (pl) -ries
an uncivilized condition
a savage act or nature
savages collectively
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Word Origin and History for savagery

1590s; see savage (adj.) + -ry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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