Savage Sav"age, n. 1. A human being in his native state of rudeness; one who is untaught, uncivilized, or without cultivation of mind or manners. [1913 Webster]

2. A man of extreme, unfeeling, brutal cruelty; a barbarian. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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