From Middle English savage, from Old French sauvage, salvage (“wild, savage, untamed”), from Late Latin
salvaticus, alteration of Latin silvaticus (“wild"; literally, "of the woods”), from silva (“forest", "grove”).
- IPA(key): /ˈsævɪdʒ/
- Hyphenation: sav‧age
savage (comparative more savage, superlative most savage)
- Wild; not cultivated.
- a savage wilderness
- savage berries of the wood
- Barbaric; not civilized.
- savage manners
- 1719- Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
- I observed a place where there had been a fire made, and a circle dug in the earth, like a cockpit, where I supposed the savage wretches had sat down to their human feastings upon the bodies of their fellow-creatures.
- E. D. Griffin
- What nation, since the commencement of the Christian era, ever rose from savage to civilized without Christianity?
- Fierce and ferocious.
- savage beasts
- a savage spirit
- Brutal, vicious, or merciless.
- Judy: I believe he, and this jaguar, they...they went savage, sir.
- Chief Bogo: Savage? This ain't the Stone Age, Hopps. Predators don't go savage.
- He gave the dog a savage kick.
- The woman was killed in a savage manner.
- (Britain, slang) Unpleasant or unfair.
- - I'll see you in detention.
- Ah, savage!
- (Ireland, slang) Great, brilliant, amazing.
- Although it didn't look very good, it tasted absolutely savage.
- Synonyms: wicked, Thesaurus:excellent
Barbaric, not civilized
- Armenian: վայրենի (hy) (vayreni)
- Catalan: salvatge (ca)
- Dutch: barbaars (nl), onbeschaafd (nl), (slang) onbeschoft (nl)
- Finnish: raakalaismainen, sivistymätön (fi)
- French: barbare (fr)
- Georgian: ბარბაროსული (barbarosuli),
არაცივილური (araciviluri), უხეში (uxeši), უკულტურო (uḳulṭuro)
- German: wild (de), wüst (de),
- Greek: άγριος (el) m (ágrios), πρωτόγονος (el) m (protógonos)
- Hungarian: barbár (hu),
- Ido: sovaja (io)
Brutal, vicious or merciless
- Italian: impietoso (it), crudele (it)
- Latin: crudelis, ferus (la), barbarus (la), inhumanus, atrox
- Macedonian: жесток (žéstok), дивјачки (dívjački), беспоштеден (bespóšteden)
- Norwegian: brutal (no), grusom
- Polish: brutalny (pl) m,
bestialski (pl) m, okrutny (pl) m, bezlitosny (pl) m
- Portuguese: selvagem (pt)
- Russian: беспоща́дный (ru) (bespoščádnyj)
- Spanish: salvaje (es)
- Swedish: grym (sv), brutal (sv)
savage (plural savages)
- (derogatory) An uncivilized or feral human; a barbarian.
1847, Benjamin Disraeli, Tancred: or The New Crusade, page 251:
- 'Well, my lord, I don't know,' said Freeman with a sort of jolly sneer; 'we have been dining with the savages.'
'They are not savages, Freeman.'
'Well, my lord, they have not much more clothes, anyhow; and as for knives and forks, there is not such a thing known.'
- (figuratively) A defiant person.
uncivilized or feral person
savage (third-person singular simple present savages, present participle savaging, simple past and past participle savaged) (transitive)
- To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint.
- (figuratively) To criticise vehemently.
His latest film was savaged by most reviewers.
2013 August 10, Lexington, “Keeping the mighty honest”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
- British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.
- (of an animal) To attack with the teeth.
- (obsolete, transitive) To make savage.
- Its bloodhounds, savaged by a cross of wolf.
To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint
To attack with the teeth