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historical usage of savage
The offensive noun sense “a member of a preliterate people regarded as uncivilized” dates from the second half of the 16th century. As it has been applied to the Indigenous people of the Americas, savage has a pernicious history of dehumanizing Native peoples and justifying their removal from ancestral lands and even their genocide. The word has been used to imply that Indigenous peoples lack the civilized qualities that would qualify them to be stewards of their lands, and to justify their removal and replacement. Further, the connotation that savages are capable of or prone to violence has justified retaliatory or preemptive violence against Indigenous people for hundreds of years.
The general use of the term to mean a “cruel, brutal person” and “rude, uncouth person” (uses that date from the early 17th century) and the use of savage as an adjective to describe flora and fauna are common and inoffensive. However, applying this noun or adjective to a people, especially a people of non-Western or non-European descent, has a painful colonial history and is considered disparaging and offensive.
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He was wonderful, with Laura Linney, as a burdened brother and sister looking after an ailing parent in The Savages (2007).
The Israeli MKs responded by calling their Arab counterparts savages and Arafat lovers.
His father cheered, his mother wept, and the world saw that contrary to popular belief, Palestinians are not savages.
Adelson has somehow missed this and instead remains convinced that there can be no peace with such savages.
A good many children seem to be like savages in distinguishing those to whom one is bound to speak the truth.
The same two impulses are said to lie at the root of the elaborate art of personal adornment developed by savages.
At the confluence of these two rivers there was the finest assemblage of Savages that I have yet seen.
The Savages have often been present, always profoundly silent and reverent.
Thereupon a dispute arose, and the Savages, seizing their bows and arrows, wanted to take away the 151 corpse.