- fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed: savage beasts.
- uncivilized; barbarous: savage tribes.
- enraged or furiously angry, as a person.
- unpolished; rude: savage manners.
- wild or rugged, as country or scenery: savage wilderness.
- Archaic. uncultivated; growing wild.
- an uncivilized human being.
- a fierce, brutal, or cruel person.
- a rude, boorish person.
- a member of a preliterate society.
- to assault and maul by biting, rending, goring, etc.; tear at or mutilate: numerous sheep savaged by dogs.
- to attack or criticize thoroughly or remorselessly; excoriate: a play savaged by the critics.
Origin of savage
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- Michael Joseph,1872–1940, New Zealand statesman and labor leader: prime minister 1935–40.
- Richard,1697?–1743, English poet.
Examples from the Web for savage
Bolstered by the momentum of Savage, Masters continued to accumulate up-and-coming conservative talent.
After two years, the dispute ended with an arbitration ruling in favor of Savage.
In a 2009 profile of the right-wing firebrand, The New Yorker called Savage “a heretic among heretics.”
Savage noted that “HIV/AIDS forced us to start talking about what people are doing in bed.”The ‘Back Door’ Is Having Its Pop Culture Moment
September 27, 2014
The beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff is the latest, savage step on that climb.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
An hour ago he had whirled her out of her senses in savage passion.Viviette
William J. Locke
There was a savage note in his voice under which the girl visibly winced.
His head was thrust forward menacingly, and his eyes were savage.
Her voice cut fiercely into the quiet of the room, imperious, savage.
Chip, savage in his misery, regarded her over one square shoulder.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- wild; untamedsavage beasts of the jungle
- ferocious in temper; viciousa savage dog
- uncivilized; crudesavage behaviour
- (of peoples) nonliterate or primitivea savage tribe
- (of terrain) rugged and uncultivated
- obsolete far from human habitation
- a member of a nonliterate society, esp one regarded as primitive
- a crude or uncivilized person
- a fierce or vicious person or animal
- to criticize violently
- to attack ferociously and woundthe dog savaged the child
- Michael Joseph. 1872-1940, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1935-40)
Word Origin and History for savage
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.