I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French salvage, savage, from Late Latin salvaticus, alteration of Latin silvaticus of the woods, wild, from silva wood, forest Date: 13th century 1. a. not domesticated or under human control ; untamed <
savage beasts
b. lacking the restraints normal to civilized human beings ; fierce, ferocious <
a savage criminal
2. wild, uncultivated <
seldom have I seen such savage scenery — Douglas Carruthers
3. a. boorish, rude <
the savage bad manners of most motorists — M. P. O'Connor
b. malicious 4. lacking complex or advanced culture ; uncivilized <
a savage country
Synonyms: see fiercesavagely adverbsavageness noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a person belonging to a primitive society 2. a brutal person 3. a rude or unmannerly person III. transitive verb (savaged; savaging) Date: 1880 to attack or treat brutally

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