savage




A polar bear in a zoo might look like an adorable giant stuffed animal, but if you met a hungry one in its native environment, it would seem more savage — wild and fierce — than cute.

Describing an animal as savage means that it is true to its wild, ferocious nature, but if you describe a person or the actions of a person as savage, it means “cruel” or “brutal.” A place can also be described as savage if it’s untamed, uninhabitable, and unwelcoming. When savage takes the form of a noun, it means “a brutal person,” and when it’s a verb it means “to attack ferociously.” Any way you use it, savage is uncivilized and violent.

Definitions of savage
  1. adjective

    without civilizing influences

    “a
    savage people”
    synonyms:
    barbarian, barbaric, uncivilised, uncivilized, wild

    noncivilised, noncivilized

    not having a high state of culture and social development
  2. adjective

    wild and menacing

    synonyms:
    feral, ferine

    untamed, wild

    in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated
  3. adjective

    (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

    “a
    savage slap”
    synonyms:
    barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, vicious

    inhumane

    reflecting lack of pity or compassion
  4. adjective

    marked by extreme and violent energy

    synonyms:
    ferocious, fierce, furious

    violent

    acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity
  5. noun

    a member of an uncivilized people

    synonyms:
    barbarian
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    examples:

    Odovacar

    Germanic barbarian leader who ended the Western Roman Empire in 476 and became the first barbarian ruler of Italy (434-493)
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    anthropophagite, anthropophagus, cannibal, man-eater

    a person who eats human flesh
    head-shrinker, headhunter

    a savage who cuts off and preserves the heads of enemies as trophies
    hunter-gatherer

    a member of a hunting and gathering society
    Vandal

    a member of the Germanic people who overran Gaul and Spain and North Africa and sacked Rome in 455
    type of:

    primitive, primitive person

    a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization

  6. noun

    a cruelly rapacious person

    synonyms:
    beast, brute, wildcat, wolf
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    type of:

    aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker

    someone who attacks

  7. verb

    attack brutally and fiercely

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    type of:

    assail, assault, attack, set on

    attack someone physically or emotionally

  8. verb

    criticize harshly or violently

    “The press
    savaged the new President”
    synonyms:
    blast, crucify, pillory
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    type of:

    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

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