enfant sauvage

enfant sauvage

(ɑ̃fɑ̃ sovaʒ)
n, pl enfants sauvages (ɑ̃fɑ̃ sovaʒ)
a person given to naive, undisciplined, or unpredictable behaviour, largely because of youth and inexperience
[C20: literally: wild child]
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As the centrepiece of this salon, she adopts her very own enfant sauvage (Caroline Dhavernas), a child raised by pigs in a nearby village farm, whom she begins educating in human ways.
The novelty, however, goes only so far to enliven a drama that seems cobbled together from period-pic formulas--Jamesian Yank-in-Europe saga, enfant sauvage hook, protofeminist female protag, et al.--and provides few surprises en route.
Ce 10 juin 1967, je reve deja de mes premieres vacances d'ete bien meritee a la campagne de mes origines paysannes oE je serai libre comme un enfant sauvage: Gambader avec l'ane de mon oncle,
In Bucheron, the self-confident, frequently naked enfant sauvage gave off star aura during a period when Canada's film culture suffered from a weird hang-up about the imagination, not to speak of sexual glamour.