verb (used with object), sav·aged, sav·ag·ing.
Origin of savage
Synonyms for savage
Antonyms for savage
Related Words for savageferocious, harsh, turbulent, vicious, brutal, crude, barbaric, fierce, unrelenting, barbarous, murderous, ruthless, atrocious, inhuman, bloody, violent, cold-blooded, sadistic, destructive, relentless
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of savage
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
Word Origin 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.