WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sav•age /ˈsævɪdʒ/USA pronunciation   adj., n., v.,  -aged, -ag•ing. 
adj. 
  1. fierce or ferocious;
    wild:a savage criticism of her book.
  2. uncivilized;
    barbarous:savage people in the interior.

n. [countable]
  1. an uncivilized human being.
  2. a fierce, brutal, or cruel person:Those savages have murdered innocent children.

v. [+ object]
  1. to assault brutally:The dog savaged the child's arm.
  2. to criticize harshly or without stopping:The president savaged her opponents.
sav•age•ly, adv.: The armies attacked the position savagely.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sav•age  (savij),USA pronunciation adj., n., v.,  -aged, -ag•ing. 
adj. 
  1. fierce, ferocious, or cruel;
    untamed:savage beasts.
  2. uncivilized;
    barbarous:savage tribes.
  3. enraged or furiously angry, as a person.
  4. unpolished;
    rude:savage manners.
  5. wild or rugged, as country or scenery:savage wilderness.
  6. [Archaic.]uncultivated;
    growing wild.

n. 
  1. an uncivilized human being.
  2. a fierce, brutal, or cruel person.
  3. a rude, boorish person.
  4. a member of a preliterate society.

v.t. 
  1. to assault and maul by biting, rending, goring, etc.;
    tear at or mutilate:numerous sheep savaged by dogs.
  2. to attack or criticize thoroughly or remorselessly;
    excoriate:a play savaged by the critics.
savage•ly, adv. 
savage•ness, n. 
  • Medieval Latin salvāticus, for Latin silvāticus, equivalent. to silv(a) woods + -āticus adjective, adjectival suffix
  • Middle French sauvage, salvage
  • Middle English savage, sauvage (adjective, adjectival) 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wild, feral, fell;
      bloodthirsty. See  cruel. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wild.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged infuriated.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rough, uncultivated.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged churl, oaf.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mild.
    • 2, 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cultured.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cultivated.

Sav•age  (savij),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalMichael Joseph, 1872–1940, New Zealand statesman and labor leader: prime minister 1935–40.
  2. BiographicalRichard, 1697?–1743, English poet.

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