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English adjective: savage

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


SamplesA barbarous crime.
Brutal beatings.
Cruel tortures.
Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks.
A savage slap.
Vicious kicks.


Synonymsbarbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, vicious


Similarinhumane


Antonymshumane

2. savage wild and menacing


SamplesA pack of feral dogs.


Synonymsferal, ferine


Similaruntamed, wild


Antonymstamed, tame

3. savage without civilizing influences


SamplesBarbarian invaders.
Barbaric practices.
A savage people.
Fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient.
Wild tribes.


Synonymsbarbarian, barbaric, uncivilised, uncivilized, wild


Similarnoncivilised, noncivilized


Antonymscivilised, civilized

4. savage marked by extreme and violent energy


SamplesA ferocious beating.
Fierce fighting.
A furious battle.


Synonymsferocious, fierce, furious


Similarviolent


Antonymsnonviolent


English noun: savage

1. savage (person) a member of an uncivilized people


Synonymsbarbarian


Broader (hypernym)primitive, primitive person


Narrower (hyponym)anthropophagite, anthropophagus, cannibal, head-shrinker, headhunter, hunter-gatherer, man-eater, Vandal


Instance hyponymOdoacer, Odovacar, Odovakar

2. savage (person) a cruelly rapacious person


Synonymsbeast, brute, wildcat, wolf


Broader (hypernym)aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker


English verb: savage

1. savage (competition) attack brutally and fiercely


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)assail, assault, attack, set on

2. savage (communication) criticize harshly or violently


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


Synonymsblast, crucify, pillory


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart









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