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Definition of Savage


  1. Of or pertaining to the forest; remote from human abodes and cultivation; in a state of nature; wild; as, a savage wilderness.
  2. Wild; untamed; uncultivated; as, savage beasts.
  3. Uncivilized; untaught; unpolished; rude; as, savage life; savage manners.
  4. Characterized by cruelty; barbarous; fierce; ferocious; inhuman; brutal; as, a savage spirit.
  5. A human being in his native state of rudeness; one who is untaught, uncivilized, or without cultivation of mind or manners.
  6. A man of extreme, unfeeling, brutal cruelty; a barbarian.
  7. To make savage.

Savage Quotations

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve

There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenceless people.
Nelson Mandela

When an athlete has relegated the persistent rumors of cheating to the back room of the mind, he hasn't really forgotten them. And when he glances back to where rumors hunker in the darkness, he hopes with a savage heart that somehow, some day, those cheaters will be brought to justice.
Don Kardong

The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
Henry David Thoreau

We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.
William James
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Savage Translations

savage in Danish is vild
savage in Dutch is wild, woest
savage in French is sauvage
savage in German is grausam, wild, wild
savage in Italian is crudele
savage in Latin is ferus, inhumanus, efferus
savage in Portuguese is selvagem
savage in Spanish is fiero
savage in Swedish is barbarisk, ociviliserad, vild, vilde
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