- 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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Examples from the Web for savagely
He then dons a Spider-Man costume and savagely starts attacking criminals.Exclusive: Sony Hack Reveals Studio's Detailed Plans For Another ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot
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The most recent victim is a 28-year-old transgender woman, savagely beaten in front of 1250 Bushwick Avenue on Oct. 12.Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Gays? It Depends On Which Ones
October 18, 2014
The wife of a federal judge in Alabama says he savagely beat her in a hotel room.The Ray Rice of Judges May Keep His Job
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He hit her repeatedly on her back with the lead cable and kicked her savagely.A Serial Killer on the Loose in Nazi Berlin
Scott Andrew Selby
January 11, 2014
He savagely pummels Lane over the head with the crook of his cane, then stands on his hand until Lane agrees to fix his marriage.Mad Men's 12 Most Memorable Moments
October 18, 2010
He leaped to his feet and seized her savagely by the shoulders.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"I am not looking after pretty women this voyage," said Morris, savagely.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
The unknown, lurking in the midst of the sticks and moss, was savagely clutching him by the nose.White Fang
"Some folks 'll say anything but their prayers," snapped Eri savagely.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Ere any could stop me I had seized him by throat and belt and shaken him savagely.The Strolling Saint
- 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 savagely
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.