Definitions for: Savage

[n] a cruelly rapacious person
[n] a member of an uncivilized people
[adj] without civilizing influences; "barbarian invaders"; "barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes"
[adj] (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"
[adj] wild and menacing; "a ferocious dog"
[adj] marked by extreme and violent energy; "a ferocious beating"; "fierce fighting"; "a furious battle"
[v] criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"
[v] attack brutally and fiercely

Webster (1913) Definition: Sav"age (?; 48), a. [F. sauvage, OF. salvage, fr. L.
silvaticus belonging to a wood, wild, fr. silva a wood. See
Silvan, and cf. Sylvatic.]
1. Of or pertaining to the forest; remote from human abodes
and cultivation; in a state of nature; wild; as, a savage

2. Wild; untamed; uncultivated; as, savage beasts.

Cornels, and savage berries of the wood. --Dryden.

3. Uncivilized; untaught; unpolished; rude; as, savage life;
savage manners.

What nation, since the commencement of the Christian
era, ever rose from savage to civilized without
Christianity? --E. D.

4. Characterized by cruelty; barbarous; fierce; ferocious;
inhuman; brutal; as, a savage spirit.

Syn: Ferocious; wild; uncultivated; untamed; untaught;
uncivilized; unpolished; rude; brutish; brutal;
heathenish; barbarous; cruel; inhuman; fierce; pitiless;
merciless; unmerciful; atrocious. See Ferocious.

Sav"age, n.
1. A human being in his native state of rudeness; one who is
untaught, uncivilized, or without cultivation of mind or

2. A man of extreme, unfeeling, brutal cruelty; a barbarian.

Sav"age (?; 48), v. t.
To make savage. [R.]

Its bloodhounds, savaged by a cross of wolf. --Southey.

Synonyms: barbarian, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, beast, brutal, brute, crucify, cruel, fell, feral, ferocious, fierce, furious, inhumane, noncivilised, noncivilized, pillory, roughshod, uncivilised, uncivilized, untamed, vicious, violent, wild, wildcat, wolf

See Also: aggressor, anthropophagite, anthropophagus, assail, assailant, assault, assaulter, attack, attacker, cannibal, criticise, criticize, headhunter, head-shrinker, hunter-gatherer, man-eater, Odoacer, Odovacar, Odovakar, pick apart, primitive, primitive person, set on, Vandal

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