1. A human being in his native state of rudeness; one who is untaught, uncivilized, or without cultivation of mind or manners.
2. A man of extreme, unfeeling, brutal cruelty; a barbarian.
Sav·age v. t. To make savage. [R.]
Its bloodhounds, savaged by a cross of wolf. --Southey.
1. Of or pertaining to the forest; remote from human abodes and cultivation; in a state of nature; wild; as, a savage wilderness.
2. Wild; untamed; uncultivated; as, savage beasts.
Cornels, and savage berries of the wood. --Dryden.
3. Uncivilized; untaught; unpolished; rude; as, savage life; savage manners.
What nation, since the commencement of the Christian era, ever rose from savage to civilized without Christianity? --E. D. Griffin.
4. Characterized by cruelty; barbarous; fierce; ferocious; inhuman; brutal; as, a savage spirit.
Syn: -- Ferocious; wild; uncultivated; untamed; untaught; uncivilized; unpolished; rude; brutish; brutal; heathenish; barbarous; cruel; inhuman; fierce; pitiless; merciless; unmerciful; atrocious. See Ferocious.
adj 1: (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict
pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal
beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod
treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious
kicks" [syn: barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod,
2: wild and menacing; "a ferocious dog" [syn: feral, ferine]
3: without civilizing influences; "barbarian invaders";
"barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is
crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are
efficient"-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes" [syn: barbarian,
barbaric, uncivilized, uncivilised, wild]
4: marked by extreme and violent energy; "a ferocious beating";
"fierce fighting"; "a furious battle" [syn: ferocious, fierce,
n 1: a member of an uncivilized people [syn: barbarian]
2: a cruelly rapacious person [syn: beast, wolf, brute, wildcat]
v 1: attack brutally and fiercely
2: criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new
President"; "The critics crucified the author for
plagiarizing a famous passage" [syn: pillory, crucify]