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a. Not domesticated or cultivated; wild: a savage animal; the savage jungle.
b. Not civilized; barbaric: a savage people.
a. Vicious or merciless; brutal: a savage form of warfare.
b. Characterized by or showing hostility; unforgiving: savage criticism.
3. Extreme in strength or degree: savage heat.
A member of a people regarded as primitive, uncivilized, brutal, or fierce.
tr.v. sav·aged, sav·ag·ing, sav·ag·es
1. To assault ferociously.
2. To attack without restraint or pity: The critics savaged the new play.

[Middle English sauvage, from Old French, from Late Latin salvāticus, from Latin silvāticus, of the woods, wild, from silva, forest.]

sav′age·ly adv.
sav′age·ness n.
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Noun1.savageness - the property of being untamed and ferocioussavageness - the property of being untamed and ferocious; "the coastline is littered with testaments to the savageness of the waters"; "a craving for barbaric splendor, for savagery and color and the throb of drums"
ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, vehemence, violence, wildness, fury - the property of being wild or turbulent; "the storm's violence"
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nWildheit f; (of sport, fighter, punch, revenge)Brutalität f; (of custom, war)Grausamkeit f; (of animal)Gefährlichkeit f; (of competition)Schärfe f; (of conflict)Schwere f, → Brutalität f; (= severity, of cuts, measures) → Härte f; (of criticism)Schonungslosigkeit f


(ˈsӕvidʒ) adjective
1. uncivilized. savage tribes.
2. fierce and cruel. The elephant can be quite savage; bitter and savage remarks.
to attack. He was savaged by wild animals.
1. a person in an uncivilized state. tribes of savages.
2. a person who behaves in a cruel, uncivilized way. I hope the police catch the savages who attacked the old lady.
ˈsavagely adverb
ˈsavageness noun
ˈsavagery noun
References in classic literature ?
Savageness was a part of his make-up, but the savageness thus developed exceeded his make-up.
Granting that the White Whale fully incites the hearts of this my savage crew, and playing round their savageness even breeds a certain generous knight-errantism in them, still, while for the love of it they give chase to Moby Dick, they must also have food for their more common, daily appetites.
he said, with the savageness of a man whose life is pestered.
They fought swiftly and with a despairing savageness denoted in their expressions.
In the end, disgusted with so unreasonable a puppy, Lamai forgot his love in his boyish savageness, clouted Jerry over the head, right side and left, and tied him as few whites men's dogs have ever been tied.
Legree had trained them in savageness and brutality as systematically as he had his bull-dogs; and, by long practice in hardness and cruelty, brought their whole nature to about the same range of capacities.
As the pursued and the pursuer raced madly toward the distant forest the battle behind them raged with bloody savageness.
The reason for his savageness was that he despised the men with whom he played.
Only, my savageness is not in having gone away, but in coming now.
At the meetings of creditors, then, he comported himself with a savageness and scorn towards Sedley, which almost succeeded in breaking the heart of that ruined bankrupt man.
She could only stand there, away from the window, looking out at the sheets of water running down the panes and shivering with the frightfulness and savageness of it all.
By the words, necessary of life, I mean whatever, of all that man obtains by his own exertions, has been from the first, or from long use has become, so important to human life that few, if any, whether from savageness, or poverty, or philosophy, ever attempt to do without it.