Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Savagery; utter barbarism.
- n. Savage races or tribes collectively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of being savage; the state of rude, uncivilized men, or of men in their native wildness and rudeness.
- savage + -ism (Wiktionary)
“Even though imperialists made references to Afro-Americans and to Chinese, they concentrated on Indians because of the clear parallels in land dispossession based on a dichotomy between savagism and civilization.”
“The Bible, church, and school house, with the Pilgrims and other colonies, scatter the primeval darkness and savagism from the Atlantic coast.”
“As society advances, wealth increases; from savagism to civilization, from early civilization to the present time.”
“Our soldier's Dress, very appropriately, retains all the elements of savagism -- high colors, sharp contrasts, profuseness of ornament.”
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“But strictly, the moral is the principal and controlling view of the subject, and that which has made and will continually constitute the criterion of action from which the expediency is deduced, and the anomaly of slavery in our Republic understood, the paradox of a slaveholding democracy explained, and the institution of slavery justified with human equality, by justly discriminating between barbarism and humanity, civilization and savagism, justice and injustice, right and wrong.”
“Yes! this great antagonist was slavery -- an institution long thrown out of European life; a relic of the lowest barbarism and savagism, the very antipodes of freedom, and flourishing best only in the rudest forms of society; but now rearing its hideous visage in the midst of principles, forms, and institutions the most free and advanced of any that the world has ever witnessed.”
“This, however, is not taken as proving the identity of race, but as proving that in this morning-time of man's existence he had nowhere advanced beyond a low state of savagism.”
“The idea of property, which scarcely had an existence during that period of savagism, had grown stronger with every advance in culture.”
“But this does not relegate these civilized nations to savagism.”
“It originated in the morning of time, and so completely answered all the demands of primitive society that it advanced man from savagism, through barbarism, and sufficed to enable him to make a beginning in civilization.”
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