- 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 savaging
A critic should not balk at savaging what is bad just as he does not shy from praising what is good.Letter to a Young Critic: William Giraldi Defends True Criticism
September 5, 2012
What about his Restore Our Future, which is savaging Gingrich in Iowa?Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich's Hypocrisy on Super PACs
December 21, 2011
Yet in an atmosphere in which the Romney and Perry campaigns are savaging each other, Gingrich rarely attacks his GOP rivals.The Resurrection of Newt Gingrich
October 18, 2011
Republicans are savaging the administration for opposing a non-union Dreamliner plant in South Carolina.Obama’s Boeing Union Headache
September 1, 2011
But we had members of Congress savaging what was going on down there.Donald Rumsfeld on What Went Right
February 8, 2011
- 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 savaging
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.