AskDefine | Define savage

Dictionary Definition

savage 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, vicious]
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, furious]

Noun

1 a member of an uncivilized people [syn: barbarian]
2 a cruelly rapacious person [syn: beast, wolf, brute, wildcat]

Verb

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]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. wild; not cultivated
  2. barbaric; not civilized
  3. fierce and ferocious
  4. brutal, vicious or merciless
    That woman across the street died from a savage murder.

Translations

Wild, not cultivated
Barbaric, not civilized
Fierce and ferocious
Brutal, vicious or merciless

Noun

  1. A savage person.
  2. A defiant person.

Translations

savage person

Verb

  1. To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint.
  2. To criticise vehemently.
    His latest film was savaged by most reviewers.
  3. In the context of "of an animal": To attack with the teeth

Translations

To criticise vehemently

Extensive Definition

Savage may refer to:
In music and entertainment:
Other uses:

See also

savage in German: Savage
savage in French: Savage
savage in Italian: Savage
savage in Dutch: Savage
savage in Polish: Savage
savage in Russian: Savage

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