What does savage mean?

Definitions for savage
ˈsæv ɪdʒsav·age

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word savage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. savage, barbariannoun

    a member of an uncivilized people

  2. beast, wolf, savage, brute, wildcatadjective

    a cruelly rapacious person

  3. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, viciousadjective

    (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"

  4. feral, ferine, savageadjective

    wild and menacing

    "a pack of feral dogs"

  5. barbarian, barbaric, savage, uncivilized, uncivilised, wildadjective

    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"

  6. ferocious, fierce, furious, savageverb

    marked by extreme and violent energy

    "a ferocious beating"; "fierce fighting"; "a furious battle"

  7. savageverb

    attack brutally and fiercely

  8. savage, blast, pillory, crucifyverb

    criticize harshly or violently

    "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"


  1. savagenoun

    An uncivilized or feral human; a barbarian.

  2. savagenoun

    A defiant person.

  3. savageverb

    To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint.

  4. savageverb

    To criticise vehemently.

    His latest film was savaged by most reviewers.

  5. savageverb

    To attack with the teeth

  6. savageadjective

    wild; not cultivated

  7. savageadjective

    barbaric; not civilized

  8. savageadjective

    fierce and ferocious

  9. savageadjective

    brutal, vicious or merciless

    The woman was killed in a savage manner.

  10. savageadjective

    unpleasant or unfair

  11. Etymology: From sauvage, salvage, from salvaticus, alteration of silvaticus, from silva.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SAVAGEadjective

    Etymology: sauvage, French; selvaggio, Italian.

    These godlike virtues wherefore do’st thou hide,
    Affecting private life, or more obscure
    In savage wilderness? John Milton.

    Cornels, and savage berries of the wood,
    And roots and herbs, have been my meagre food. Dryden.

    Chain me to some steepy mountain’s top,
    Where roaring bears and savage lions roam. William Shakespeare.

    Tyrants no more their savage nature kept,
    And foes to virtue wonder’d how they wept. Alexander Pope.

    Hence with your little ones:
    To fright you thus, methinks, I am too savage;
    To do worse to you, were fell cruelty. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Thus people lived altogether a savage life, ’till Saturn, arriving on those coasts, devised laws to govern them by. Walter Raleigh.

    The savage clamour drown’d
    Both harp and voice. John Milton.

    A herd of wild beasts on the mountains, or a savage drove of men in caves, might be so disordered; but never a peculiar people. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

  2. Savagenoun

    A man untaught and uncivilized; a barbarian.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Long after these times were they but savages. Walter Raleigh.

    The seditious lived by rapine and ruin of all the country, omitting nothing of that which savages, enraged in the height of their unruly behaviour, do commit. John Hayward.

    To deprive us of metals is to make us mere savages; to change our corn for the old Arcadian diet, our houses and cities for dens and caves, and our clothing for skins of beasts: ’tis to bereave us of all arts and sciences, nay, of revealed religion. Richard Bentley.

  3. To Savageverb

    To make barbarous, wild, or cruel. A word not well authorised.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Friends, relations, love himself,
    Savag’d by woe, forget the tender tie. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Savageadjective

    of or pertaining to the forest; remote from human abodes and cultivation; in a state of nature; wild; as, a savage wilderness

  2. Savageadjective

    wild; untamed; uncultivated; as, savage beasts

  3. Savageadjective

    uncivilized; untaught; unpolished; rude; as, savage life; savage manners

  4. Savageadjective

    characterized by cruelty; barbarous; fierce; ferocious; inhuman; brutal; as, a savage spirit

  5. Savagenoun

    a human being in his native state of rudeness; one who is untaught, uncivilized, or without cultivation of mind or manners

  6. Savagenoun

    a man of extreme, unfeeling, brutal cruelty; a barbarian

  7. Savageverb

    to make savage


  1. Savage

    Demetrius Savelio, better known by his stage name Savage, is a New Zealander rapper of Samoan descent, and a former member of hip hop group the Deceptikonz. In 2009, he became the first New Zealand hip hop artist in history to have a commercial single achieve platinum certification status in the United States for selling over one million copies. He is not to be confused with Savage of the underground Atlanta- and Bronx-based hip hop group Hard Knocks, which released one album in 1992.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Savage

    sav′āj, adj. wild: uncivilised: fierce: cruel: brutal: (her.) nude: naked.—n. a human being in a wild state: a brutal, fierce, or cruel person: a barbarian.—v.t. and v.i. to make savage, to play the savage.—n. Sav′agedom, a savage state: savages collectively.—adv. Sav′agely.—ns. Sav′ageness; Sav′agery, fierceness: ferocity: wild growth of plants; Sav′agism. [O. Fr. salvage—L. silvaticus, pertaining to the woods—silva, a wood.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of savage in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of savage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of savage in a Sentence

  1. Diane Ackerman:

    It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.

  2. Ayn Rand:

    Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

  3. Isadora Duncan:

    It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.

  4. William Congreve, The Mourning Bride, Act 1 Scene 1:

    Music has charms to soothe the savage breast To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

  5. Plato:

    Man...is a tame or civilized animal; never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.

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  • همجي, متوحشArabic
  • див, брутален, безпощаденBulgarian
  • salvatgeCatalan, Valencian
  • divochCzech
  • brutalDanish
  • Barbar, wild, roh, bestürmen, herfallen über, unbändig, beleidigen, barbarisch, unbebaut, angreifen, roher Mensch, beißen, rasend, anfallen, zerfleischen, wüst, wütend, Wilder, grausamGerman
  • άγριος, καταδαγκώνω, κατασπαράσσω, καυτηριάζω, πρωτόγονοςGreek
  • feroca, sovaĝaEsperanto
  • salvajeSpanish
  • وحشیPersian
  • villejäFinnish
  • féroce, barbareFrench
  • borbIrish
  • बर्बरHindi
  • brutális, civilizálatlan, elvetemült, barbár, kegyetlen, műveletlen, vérengző, vad, vadember, erőszakosHungarian
  • վայրենի, վայրի, վայրագArmenian
  • biadabIndonesian
  • crudele, selvaggio, feroce, primitivo, impietoso, brutaleItalian
  • 野蛮人, 野蛮なJapanese
  • 野蠻人, 야만인Korean
  • دڕنده‌Kurdish
  • ferus, crudelis, saevus, barbarus, immanis, atrox, inhumanus, silvestris, feroLatin
  • беспоштеден, жесток, дивјачки, дивјакMacedonian
  • onbeschaafd, barbaars, onbeschoft, wildDutch
  • slakte, brutal, villmann, grusom, barbarisk, rasende, villNorwegian
  • brutalny, okrutny, zdziczały, bestialski, dziki, barbarzyński, dzikus, niecywilizowany, bezlitosnyPolish
  • selvagemPortuguese
  • sălbaticRomanian
  • беспощадный, дикарь, дикарка, дикий, варварский, дикарскийRussian
  • divljakinja, divljakuša, divlje, divljakSerbo-Croatian
  • ociviliserad, vilde, barbar, okultiverad, brutal, vild, grym, barbariskSwedish
  • సావేజ్Telugu
  • ป่าเถื่อนThai
  • vahşiTurkish
  • дикунUkrainian
  • người dã manVietnamese
  • ווילדYiddish
  • 野蛮人Chinese

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