American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not domesticated or cultivated; wild: savage beasts of the jungle.
- adj. Not civilized; barbaric: a people living in a savage state.
- adj. Ferocious; fierce: in a savage temper.
- adj. Vicious or merciless; brutal: a savage attack on a political rival. See Synonyms at cruel.
- adj. Lacking polish or manners; rude.
- n. A person regarded as primitive or uncivilized.
- n. A person regarded as brutal, fierce, or vicious.
- v. To assault ferociously.
- v. To attack without restraint or pity: The critics savaged the new play.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the forest or wilderness. Growing wild; uncultivated; wild.
- Possessing, characterized by, or presenting the wildness of the forest or wilderness.
- Living in the forests or wilds.
- Not domesticated; feral; wild; hence, fierce; ferocious; untamed: as, savage beasts of prey.
- Brutal; beastly.
- Living in the lowest condition of development; uncultivated and wild; uncivilized: as, savage tribes.
- Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of man in such a condition; unpolished; rude: as, savage life or manners.
- Barbarous; fierce; cruel.
- Wild or enraged as from provocation, irritation, restraint, etc.
- In heraldry, nude; naked; in blazonry, noting human figures unclothed, as the supporters of the arms of Prussia.
- Synonyms and Brutish, heathenish.
- Pitiless, merciless, unmerciful, remorseless, bloody, murderous.
- n. A wild or uncivilized human being; a member of a race or tribe in the lowest stage of development or cultivation.
- n. An unfeeling, brutal, or cruel person; a fierce or cruel man or woman, whether civilized or uncivilized; a barbarian.
- n. A wild or fierce animal.
- n. Same as jack of the clock. See jack.
- To make wild, barbarous, or cruel.
- To act the savage; indulge in cruel or barbarous deeds.
- adj. wild; not cultivated
- adj. barbaric; not civilized
- adj. fierce and ferocious
- adj. brutal, vicious, or merciless
- adj. UK, slang unpleasant or unfair
- n. pejorative An uncivilized or feral human; a barbarian.
- n. figuratively A defiant person.
- v. To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint.
- v. figuratively To criticise vehemently.
- v. of an animal To attack with the teeth
- v. obsolete, transitive To make savage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the forest; remote from human abodes and cultivation; in a state of nature; wild.
- adj. Wild; untamed; uncultivated.
- adj. Uncivilized; untaught; unpolished; rude.
- adj. Characterized by cruelty; barbarous; fierce; ferocious; inhuman; brutal.
- n. A human being in his native state of rudeness; one who is untaught, uncivilized, or without cultivation of mind or manners.
- n. A man of extreme, unfeeling, brutal cruelty; a barbarian.
- v. rare To make savage.
- adj. without civilizing influences
- v. criticize harshly or violently
- v. attack brutally and fiercely
- n. a cruelly rapacious person
- adj. marked by extreme and violent energy
- n. a member of an uncivilized people
- adj. wild and menacing
- adj. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
- From Old French sauvage, salvage ("wild, savage, untamed"), from Late Latin salvaticus, alteration of Latin silvaticus ("wild"; literally, "of the woods"), from silva ("forest", "grove"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sauvage, from Old French, from Late Latin salvāticus, from Latin silvāticus, of the woods, wild, from silva, forest. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the estimation of niggers your garments are hideous; your legs they think elephantine, your red beard frightful, and your blue eyes savage -- _savage_! think of that.”
“In the picture which I have given, I have confined myself principally to the Iroquois, or Six Nations, a people who no more deserve the term savage, than the whites do that of heathen, because they have still lingering among them heathen superstitions, and many opinions and practices which deserves no better name.”
“In a statement, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum said torture in the troubled southern African nation was "both widespread and systematic" as evidenced by what it called the savage ill-treatment while in custody of leaders of the main labor federation arrested in Harare on Wednesday.”
“The union's general-secretary Graham Rowan said earlier the protest was aimed at drawing attention to what he described as savage attacks on SBV members by mindless gangs.”
“Conrad said, “So you think Washington’s use of the term savage is referring to the original L’Enfant map Serena took, and that the map will show us the way to whatever we’re supposed to find?””
“I do not hold that anything happens by chance, or that the albatross is unworthy of being treated with humanity, because it acts in what you call a savage way.”
“And leading secularist Mohamed ElBaradei, the former UN nuclear watchdog chief turned dissident and presidential candidate, condemned what he called a "savage" attempt to disperse the sit-in.”
“THE chief is a tall well made man, very affable and cheerful, about sixty years of age, his eyes lively and full of fire, his countenance manly and placid, yet ferocious, or what we call savage; his nose aquiline, his dress extremely simple, but his head trimmed and ornamented in the true Creek mode.”
Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.
“Christian had been beaten with enough force to cause bruising on her brain, but the worst injuries, [Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka] Mileusnic-Polchan said, were sustained in what she described as a savage sexual assault.”
“_extempore_, -- one of those musical efforts which persons in what we term the savage state will sometimes make when their feelings are touched by new and strange influences.”
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