from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being savage.
- n. An act of violent cruelty.
- n. Savage behavior or nature; barbarity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the status of being savage
- n. a violent act of cruelty
- n. savage or brutal behaviour; barbarity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being savage; savageness; savagism.
- n. An act of cruelty; barbarity.
- n. Wild growth, as of plants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Savage or uncivilized state or condition; a state of barbarism.
- n. Savage or barbarous nature, disposition, conduct, or actions; barbarity.
- n. Wild growth, as of plants; wildness, as of nature.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a brutal barbarous savage act
- n. the trait of extreme cruelty
- n. the property of being untamed and ferocious
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There is a realm of anthropology in this lower state of mankind which we call savagery, that is hard to understand from the standpoint of modern civilization, where science, theology, religion, medicine and the esthetic arts are developed as more or less discrete subjects.
While some of the comments there have provoked my ire, the underlying cause of my savagery is the growing realisation that the core activity of this blog – and the cause to which I have devoted three decades of my life – is a complete waste of time and effort, an utter, dismal and unremitting failure.
Well, those pressures are everywhere in everyone, urging him to what you call savagery: the private hells, the inner needs and mysteries, the beast of instinct.
While the natives of Torres Straits are, or were at the time of their discovery, in the condition which we call savagery, they stand on a far higher level of social and intellectual culture than the rude aborigines of Australia.
She outgames him, out-savages him, teaches him what savagery is in its intimate mood and tense.
Born in savagery, having lived in savagery all their lives and known naught else, their sense of humour was correspondingly savage.
His punishment for such savagery is transformation.
Truly, the veneer between civilized thought and jungle savagery is thinner than I ever thought. hardtruth
The reference here emphasizes how the castaways are alone on the island without any law but their own and thus the possibility of savagery is great.
Only about a seventh of game titles sold in 2005 were the racy or violent stuff that draws an M (for “mature”) rating; the stereotype that video games are nothing but antisocial savagery is just that — a stereotype.