Savage

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Adjective

Savage (comparative more Savage, superlative most Savage)

  1. wild; not cultivated
  2. barbaric; not civilized
    • 1719- Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      ...I observed a place where there had been a fire made, and a circle dug in the earth, like a cockpit, where I supposed the savage wretches had sat down to their human feastings upon the bodies of their fellow-creatures.
  3. fierce and ferocious
  4. brutal, vicious, or merciless
    The woman was killed in a savage manner.

Noun

Savage (plural Savages)
  1. (pejorative) An uncivilized or feral human; a barbarian.
    • 1847, Benjamin Disraeli, Tancred: or The New Crusade, page 251
      'Well, my lord, I don't know,' said Freeman with a sort of jolly sneer; 'we have been dining with the savages.'
      'They are not savages, Freeman.'
      'Well, my lord, they have not much more clothes, anyhow; and as for knives and forks, there is not such a thing known.'
  2. (figuratively) A defiant person.

Verb

Savage (third-person singular simple present savages, present participle savaging, simple past and past participle savaged) (transitive)

  1. To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint.
  2. (figuratively) To criticise vehemently.
    His latest film was savaged by most reviewers.
  3. (of an animal) To attack with the teeth

Adverbs for Savage

cruelly; bestially; unbelievably; inhumanly; brutally; ferociously; fiercely; furiously; barbarously; pitilessly; ruthlessly; unmercifully; grossly; relentlessly; wildly; singularly; lawlessly.

Thesaurus

Draconian, Goth, Gothic, Mafioso, Neanderthal, Tartarean, Young Turk, abrade, abuse, afflict, aggressive, aggrieve, agonize, animal, antagonistic, anthropophagite, anthropophagous, assault, atrocious, attack, baneful, barbarian, barbaric, barbarize, barbarous, bark, batter, battling, beast, beastly, befoul, beldam, bellicose, belligerent, berserk, berserker, bestial, bewitch, blemish, blight, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, bomber, break, bruise, brutal, brutalize, brutalized, brute, brutish, buffet, burn, butcher, cannibal, cannibalistic, carry on, chafe, chauvinist, chauvinistic, check, chip, claw, coldhearted, combative, condemn, contentious, convulse, corrupt, crack, craze, crucify, cruel, cruel-hearted, curse, cut, damage, deadly, death-bringing, deathful, deathly, defile, demon, demoniac, demoniacal, demonic, deprave, despoil, destroy, destroyer, destructive, devil, devilish, diabolic, disadvantage, disserve, distress, do a mischief, do evil, do ill, do violence to, do wrong, do wrong by, do wrong to, doom, dragon, enemy, enraged, envenom, excruciate, fatal, fell, feral, ferine, ferocious, fiend, fiendish, fiendlike, fierce, fighting, fighting mad, fire-eater, firebrand, fracture, fray, frazzle, fret, full of fight, fuming, furious, fury, gall, gash, get into trouble, go on, goon, gorilla, grim, gunsel, hammer, harass, hardnose, harm, harrow, harsh, hawkish, heartless, hell-raiser, hellcat, hellhound, hellion, hellish, hex, holy terror, hood, hoodlum, hopping mad, hostile, hothead, hotspur, hurt, hyena, ill-bred, ill-treat, ill-use, impair, impale, implacable, impolite, in a rage, incendiary, incise, infect, infernal, infuriate, infuriated, inhuman, inhumane, inimical, injure, internecine, jingo, jingoish, jingoist, jingoistic, jinx, kill by inches, kill-crazy, killer, killing, knock about, lacerate, lancinate, lay waste, lethal, loot, macerate, mad dog, madcap, maim, make mincemeat of, malign, malignant, maltreat, man-eater, manhandle, martial, martyr, martyrize, maul, menace, merciless, militant, militaristic, military, mishandle, mistreat, molest, monster, mortal, mug, mugger, murderous, mutilate, nihilist, noncivilized, offensive, outlandish, outrage, pernicious, persecute, pierce, pillage, pitiless, play havoc with, play hob with, poison, pollute, prejudice, primeval, primitive, pugnacious, puncture, punish, quarrelsome, rabid, rack, rage, raging, ramp, rampage, rant, ranting, rapacious, rape, rapist, rave, ravenous, raving, raving mad, relentless, rend, revolutionary, riot, rip, roar, roaring mad, rough, rough up, rough-and-ready, rude, rugged, ruin, run, rupture, ruthless, saber-rattling, sack, sadistic, sanguinary, sanguineous, satanic, scald, scarify, scathe, scorch, scotch, scrape, scrappy, scratch, scuff, shark, sharkish, she-wolf, skin, slash, slaughter, slavering, slit, soldierlike, soldierly, sow chaos, spitfire, sprain, stab, stick, storm, storming, strain, subhuman, taint, tameless, tear, tear around, termagant, terror, terrorist, terrorize, threaten, tiger, tigress, torment, torture, tough, tough guy, traumatize, trigger-happy, troglodyte, troglodytic, truculent, ugly customer, unbroken, unchristian, uncivil, uncivilized, uncombed, uncontrolled, uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, undomesticated, unfriendly, ungentle, unhuman, unkempt, unlicked, unmerciful, unpacific, unpeaceful, unpolished, unrefined, unrelenting, unsubdued, untamed, vandal, vandalize, vicious, violate, violent, virago, virulent, vixen, voracious, warlike, warmongering, warring, wild, wild beast, wild man, witch, wolf, wolfish, wound, wreak havoc on, wreck, wrecker, wrench, wring, wrong

Etymology

From Old French sauvage, < salvage (wild, savage, untamed), from Late Latin salvaticus, alteration of Latin silvaticus (wild"; literally, "of the woods), from silva (forest", "grove).

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