savage: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sav'ij), [key]
— adj., n., v., -aged, -ag•ing.
  1. fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed: savage beasts.
  2. uncivilized; barbarous: savage tribes.
  3. enraged or furiously angry, as a person.
  4. unpolished; rude: savage manners.
  5. wild or rugged, as country or scenery: savage wilderness.
  6. uncultivated; growing wild.
  1. an uncivilized human being.
  2. a fierce, brutal, or cruel person.
  3. a rude, boorish person.
  4. a member of a preliterate society.
  1. to assault and maul by biting, rending, goring, etc.; tear at or mutilate: numerous sheep savaged by dogs.
  2. to attack or criticize thoroughly or remorselessly; excoriate: a play savaged by the critics.


Pronunciation: (sav'ij), [key]
— n.
  1. 1872–1940, New Zealand statesman and labor leader: prime minister 1935–40.
  2. 1697?–1743, English poet.
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