What does savage mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term savage:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. savage, barbarian(noun)

    a member of an uncivilized people

  2. beast, wolf, savage, brute, wildcat(adj)

    a cruelly rapacious person

  3. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious(adj)

    (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, savage(adj)

    wild and menacing

    "a pack of feral dogs"

  5. barbarian, barbaric, savage, uncivilized, uncivilised, wild(adj)

    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, savage(verb)

    marked by extreme and violent energy

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

  7. savage(verb)

    attack brutally and fiercely

  8. savage, blast, pillory, crucify(verb)

    criticize harshly or violently

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


  1. savage(Noun)

    An uncivilized or feral human; a barbarian.

  2. savage(Noun)

    A defiant person.

  3. savage(Verb)

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

  4. savage(Verb)

    To criticise vehemently.

    His latest film was savaged by most reviewers.

  5. savage(Verb)

    To attack with the teeth

  6. savage(Adjective)

    wild; not cultivated

  7. savage(Adjective)

    barbaric; not civilized

  8. savage(Adjective)

    fierce and ferocious

  9. savage(Adjective)

    brutal, vicious or merciless

    The woman was killed in a savage manner.

  10. savage(Adjective)

    unpleasant or unfair

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Savage(adj)

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

  2. Savage(adj)

    wild; untamed; uncultivated; as, savage beasts

  3. Savage(adj)

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

  4. Savage(adj)

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

  5. Savage(noun)

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

  6. Savage(noun)

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

  7. Savage(verb)

    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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How to say savage in sign language?

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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. Henry David Thoreau:

    The savage in man is never quite eradicated.

  2. Nicolas Maduro:

    What's a bachaquero? it's a human being turned savage.

  3. Thomas Yoxall:

    He's beating him in a savage way, just fist after fist.

  4. Bartlett CEO:

    Partnering with Savage makes sense logistically and strategically.

  5. Octavia E. Butler:

    I have a huge and savage conscience that won't let me get away with things.

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