savagery

[ sav-ij-ree ]
/ ˈsæv ɪdʒ ri /

noun, plural sav·age·ries.

an uncivilized or barbaric state or condition; barbarity.
savage action, nature, disposition, or behavior.

Nearby words

  1. sava,
  2. savage,
  3. savage's station,
  4. savage, richard,
  5. savagely,
  6. savagism,
  7. savaii,
  8. savanna,
  9. savanna monkey,
  10. savannah

Origin of savagery

First recorded in 1585–95; savage + -ry

Related formspre·sav·age·ry, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for savagery

savagery

/ (ˈsævɪdʒrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

an uncivilized condition
a savage act or nature
savages collectively
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Word Origin and History for savagery

savagery

n.

1590s; see savage (adj.) + -ry.

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