noun (plural -ries) Date: 1597 1. a. the quality of being savage b. an act of cruelty or violence 2. an uncivilized state

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  • savagery — n. 1) to display, show savagery 2) an outburst of savagery * * * [ sævɪdʒ(ə)rɪ] show savagery an outburst of to display …   Combinatory dictionary

  • savagery — [[t]sæ̱vɪʤri[/t]] N UNCOUNT Savagery is extremely cruel and violent behaviour. ...the sheer savagery of war …   English dictionary

  • savagery — sav|ag|e|ry [ˈsævıdʒəri] n plural savageries [U and C] extremely cruel and violent behaviour ▪ Local people were shocked by the savagery of the attack …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • savagery — noun (C, U) extremely cruel and violent behaviour: He used to beat the boy with great savagery …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • savagery — savage ► ADJECTIVE 1) fierce, violent, and uncontrolled. 2) cruel and vicious. 3) primitive; uncivilized. 4) (of a place) wild; uncultivated. ► NOUN 1) a member of a people regarded as primitive and uncivilized. 2) a brutal or vicious …   English terms dictionary

  • savagery — noun 1. the property of being untamed and ferocious the coastline is littered with testaments to the savageness of the waters a craving for barbaric splendor, for savagery and color and the throb of drums • Syn: ↑savageness • Derivationally… …   Useful english dictionary

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