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SAVAGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does savage mean? 

SAVAGE (noun)
  The noun SAVAGE has 2 senses:

1. a member of an uncivilized people
2. a cruelly rapacious person

  Familiarity information: SAVAGE used as a noun is rare.


SAVAGE (adjective)
  The adjective SAVAGE has 4 senses:

1. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
2. wild and menacing
3. without civilizing influences
4. marked by extreme and violent energy

  Familiarity information: SAVAGE used as an adjective is uncommon.


SAVAGE (verb)
  The verb SAVAGE has 2 senses:

1. attack brutally and fiercely
2. criticize harshly or violently

  Familiarity information: SAVAGE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SAVAGE (noun)


Sense 1savage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A member of an uncivilized people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

savage; barbarian

Hypernyms ("savage" is a kind of...):

primitive; primitive person (a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "savage"):

anthropophagite; anthropophagus; cannibal; man-eater (a person who eats human flesh)

head-shrinker; headhunter (a savage who cuts off and preserves the heads of enemies as trophies)

hunter-gatherer (a member of a hunting and gathering society)

Vandal (a member of the Germanic people who overran Gaul and Spain and North Africa and sacked Rome in 455)

Instance hyponyms:

Odoacer; Odovacar; Odovakar (Germanic barbarian leader who ended the western Roman Empire in 476 and became the first barbarian ruler of Italy (434-493))


Sense 2savage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cruelly rapacious person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

brute; beast; savage; wildcat; wolf

Hypernyms ("savage" is a kind of...):

aggressor; assailant; assaulter; attacker (someone who attacks)


SAVAGE (adjective)


Sense 1savage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

Synonyms:

vicious; savage; fell; cruel; barbarous; roughshod; brutal

Context examples:

a barbarous crime / brutal beatings / cruel tortures / Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks / a savage slap / vicious kicks

Similar:

inhumane (lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion)


Sense 2savage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wild and menacing

Synonyms:

ferine; feral; savage

Context example:

a ferocious dog

Similar:

untamed; wild (in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated)


Sense 3savage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without civilizing influences

Synonyms:

uncivilized; uncivilised; barbaric; barbarian; savage; wild

Context examples:

barbarian invaders / barbaric practices / a savage people / fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient / wild tribes

Similar:

noncivilised; noncivilized (not having a high state of culture and social development)


Sense 4savage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by extreme and violent energy

Synonyms:

ferocious; fierce; furious; savage

Context examples:

a ferocious beating / fierce fighting / a furious battle

Similar:

violent (acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity)


SAVAGE (verb)


Sense 1savage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Attack brutally and fiercely

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "savage" is one way to...):

assail; assault; attack; set on (attack someone physically or emotionally)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2savage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Criticize harshly or violently

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

savage; crucify; pillory

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "savage" is one way to...):

criticise; criticize; knock; pick apart (find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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