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Definition 1: a member of an uncivilized people - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for savage in the sense of this definition

(savage is a kind of ...) a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization

(... is a kind of savage ) a person who eats human flesh

(... is a kind of savage ) a savage who cuts off and preserves the heads of enemies as trophies

(... is a kind of savage ) a member of a hunting and gathering society

(... is a kind of savage ) a member of the Germanic people who overran Gaul and Spain and North Africa and sacked Rome in 455

(... is an instance of savage) Germanic barbarian leader who ended the Western Roman Empire in 476 and became the first barbarian ruler of Italy (434-493)

Definition 2: a cruelly rapacious person - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for savage in the sense of this definition

(savage is a kind of ...) someone who attacks

Definition 3: criticize harshly or violently - [verb of communication]

Samples where savage or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The press savaged the new President
  • The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage

Synonyms for savage in the sense of this definition

(savage is a kind of ...) find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

"The paper criticized the new movie" "Don't knock the food--it's free"

Definition 4: attack brutally and fiercely - [verb of competition]

(savage is a kind of ...) attack someone physically or emotionally

"The mugger assaulted the woman" "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

Definition 5: (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where savage or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a barbarous crime
  • brutal beatings
  • cruel tortures
  • Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks
  • a savage slap
  • vicious kicks

Synonyms for savage in the sense of this definition

(savage is similar to ...) lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion

"humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world" "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"

Definition 6: without civilizing influences - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where savage or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • barbarian invaders
  • barbaric practices
  • a savage people
  • fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient
  • wild tribes

Synonyms for savage in the sense of this definition

(savage is similar to ...) not having a high state of culture and social development

Definition 7: marked by extreme and violent energy - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where savage or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a ferocious beating
  • fierce fighting
  • a furious battle

Synonyms for savage in the sense of this definition

(savage is similar to ...) acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity

"a violent attack" "a violent person" "violent feelings" "a violent rage" "felt a violent dislike"

Definition 8: wild and menacing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where savage or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a pack of feral dogs

Synonyms for savage in the sense of this definition

(savage is similar to ...) in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated

"wild geese" "edible wild plants"

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