noble savage
noun Date: 1670 a mythic conception of people belonging to non-European cultures as having innate natural simplicity and virtue uncorrupted by European civilization; also a person exemplifying this conception

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • noble savage — n. [sometimes N S ] in Romanticism, primitive man conceived as existing in a virtuous, innocent state uncorrupted by civilization * * * ▪ literary concept       in literature, an idealized concept of uncivilized man, who symbolizes the innate… …   Universalium

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  • noble savage — noun Usage: sometimes capitalized N&S : a mythic conception of people belonging to non European cultures as having innate natural simplicity and virtue uncorrupted by European civilization ; also : a person exemplifying this conception * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • noble savage — lit. no′ble sav′age n. 1) (in literature) the concept of a mythical primitive human being with virtuous qualities uncorrupted by civilization 2) a person embodying this concept • Etymology: 1672 …   From formal English to slang

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  • Noble Savage (album) — Noble Savage Studio album by Virgin Steele Released 1986 …   Wikipedia

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