sav|age

sav|age «SAV ihj», adjective, noun, verb, -aged, -ag|ing.
–adj.
1. not civilized; barbarous: »

savage customs. Gaudy colors please a savage taste. ... the barriers, which had so long separated the savage and the civilized nations of the earth (Edward Gibbon).

SYNONYM(S): primitive.
2. fierce; cruel; ready to fight; brutal: »

a savage temper. The savage lion attacked the hunter.

SYNONYM(S): ferocious. See syn. under fierce. (Cf.fierce)
3. wild or rugged; uncultivated: »

He likes savage mountain scenery.

5. a) furiously angry; enraged: »

Come, Jasper, you need not look so savage (W. S. Hayward).

b) rough or unsparing in speech: »

He turned and gave a short savage order to one of his men (Graham Greene).

6. Archaic. (of a plant) uncultivated: »

St. Foin…grows naturally savage without sowing or tillage (Jethro Tull).

7. Archaic. rude; unpolished: »

To savage music, wilder as it grows (Shelley).

–n.
1. a member of a people in the lowest stage of development or civilization; uncivilized person: »

nations of savages…barbarous and brutish to the last degree (Daniel Defoe).

2. a fierce, brutal, or cruel person: »

Witness the patient ox…Driv'n to the slaughter…while the savage at his heels Laughs at the frantic suff'rer's fury (William Cowper).

3. a person ignorant or neglectful of the rules of good manners.
4. Obsolete. a wild animal: »

When the grim savage [the lion], to his rifled den Too late returning, snuffs the track of men (Alexander Pope).

–v.t.
1. (of an animal) to attack viciously, especially with the teeth.
2. to assail in a ferocious manner; subject to savage attack: »

The current vogue in satire…is to savage every father figure in sight (Manchester Guardian)

[< Old French sauvage < Late Latin salvāticus, for Latin silvāticus < silva forest]
sav´age|ly, adverb.
sav´age|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • sav|age|ry — «SAV ihj ree», noun, plural ries. 1. fierceness; cruelty; brutality: »What they could not get by borrowing or adapting, they went after with a savagery that bloodied history (Time). SYNONYM(S): ferocity. 2. wildness: »The appear …   Useful english dictionary

  • sav·age·ry — /ˈsævıʤəri/ noun, pl ries 1 [noncount] : a cruel or violent quality : a savage quality The savagery of the attack was horrifying. an act of pure savagery 2 [count] : a cruel or violent act or action the savageries committed by the soldiers …   Useful english dictionary

  • sav´age|ness — sav|age «SAV ihj», adjective, noun, verb, aged, ag|ing. –adj. 1. not civilized; barbarous: »savage customs. Gaudy colors please a savage taste. ... the barriers, which had so long separated the savage and the civilized nations of the earth… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sem|i|sav|age — «SEHM ee SAV ihj», adjective, noun. –adj. semibarbaric; half civilized. –n. a semisavage person …   Useful english dictionary

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