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Meaning & Definition of Savage in English

English

Savage

/sævəʤ/

noun

1. A member of an uncivilized people

    synonym:
  • savage
  • ,
  • barbarian

2. A cruelly rapacious person

    synonym:
  • beast
  • ,
  • wolf
  • ,
  • savage
  • ,
  • brute
  • ,
  • wildcat

verb

1. Attack brutally and fiercely

    synonym:
  • savage

2. Criticize harshly or violently

  • "The press savaged the new president"
  • "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"
    synonym:
  • savage
  • ,
  • blast
  • ,
  • pillory
  • ,
  • crucify

adjective

1. (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"
    synonym:
  • barbarous
  • ,
  • brutal
  • ,
  • cruel
  • ,
  • fell
  • ,
  • roughshod
  • ,
  • savage
  • ,
  • vicious

2. Wild and menacing

  • "A pack of feral dogs"
    synonym:
  • feral
  • ,
  • ferine
  • ,
  • savage

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • barbarian
  • ,
  • barbaric
  • ,
  • savage
  • ,
  • uncivilized
  • ,
  • uncivilised
  • ,
  • wild

4. Marked by extreme and violent energy

  • "A ferocious beating"
  • "Fierce fighting"
  • "A furious battle"
    synonym:
  • ferocious
  • ,
  • fierce
  • ,
  • furious
  • ,
  • savage

Examples of using

He demanded that the savage dog be kept tied up.