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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



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



English noun: savage

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


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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