savage

Definitions

  • "The Iron Rim Rolling Savagely."
    "The Iron Rim Rolling Savagely."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj savage without civilizing influences "barbarian invaders","barbaric practices","a savage people","fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade","wild tribes"
    • adj savage (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering "a barbarous crime","brutal beatings","cruel tortures","Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks","a savage slap","vicious kicks"
    • adj savage wild and menacing "a pack of feral dogs"
    • adj savage marked by extreme and violent energy "a ferocious beating","fierce fighting","a furious battle"
    • v savage criticize harshly or violently "The press savaged the new President","The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"
    • v savage attack brutally and fiercely
    • n savage a cruelly rapacious person
    • n savage a member of an uncivilized people
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Savage's Hut Savage's Hut
The Savages of Calicut The Savages of Calicut

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Savage A human being in his native state of rudeness; one who is untaught, uncivilized, or without cultivation of mind or manners.
    • Savage A man of extreme, unfeeling, brutal cruelty; a barbarian.
    • Savage Characterized by cruelty; barbarous; fierce; ferocious; inhuman; brutal; as, a savage spirit.
    • Savage Of or pertaining to the forest; remote from human abodes and cultivation; in a state of nature; wild; as, a savage wilderness.
    • v. t Savage To make savage. "Its bloodhounds, savaged by a cross of wolf."
    • Savage Uncivilized; untaught; unpolished; rude; as, savage life; savage manners. "What nation, since the commencement of the Christian era, ever rose from savage to civilized without Christianity?"
    • Savage Wild; untamed; uncultivated; as, savage beasts. "Cornels, and savage berries of the wood."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • savage Of or pertaining to the forest or wilderness. Growing wild; uncultivated; wild.
    • savage Possessing, characterized by, or presenting the wildness of the forest or wilderness.
    • savage Living in the forests or wilds.
    • savage Not domesticated; feral; wild; hence, fierce; ferocious; untamed: as, savage beasts of prey.
    • savage Brutal; beastly.
    • savage Living in the lowest condition of development; uncultivated and wild; uncivilized: as, savage tribes.
    • savage Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of man in such a condition; unpolished; rude: as, savage life or manners.
    • savage Barbarous; fierce; cruel.
    • savage Wild or enraged as from provocation, irritation, restraint, etc.
    • savage In heraldry, nude; naked; in blazonry, noting human figures unclothed, as the supporters of the arms of Prussia.
    • savage Synonyms and Brutish, heathenish.
    • savage Pitiless, merciless, unmerciful, remorseless, bloody, murderous.
    • n savage A wild or uncivilized human being; a member of a race or tribe in the lowest stage of development or cultivation.
    • n savage An unfeeling, brutal, or cruel person; a fierce or cruel man or woman, whether civilized or uncivilized; a barbarian.
    • n savage A wild or fierce animal.
    • n savage Same as jack of the clock. See jack.
    • savage To make wild, barbarous, or cruel.
    • savage To act the savage; indulge in cruel or barbarous deeds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Savage sav′āj wild: uncivilised: fierce: cruel: brutal:
    • n Savage a human being in a wild state: a brutal, fierce, or cruel person: a barbarian
    • v.t., v.i Savage to make savage, to play the savage
    • adj Savage sav′āj (her.) nude: naked
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Quotations

  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “Even savage animals can agree among themselves.”
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund%20Burke
    “Young man, there is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.”
  • William James
    William%20James
    “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.”
  • C. J. Weber
    C. J. Weber
    “The civilized savage is the worst of all savages.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand%20Russell
    “The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sauvage, OF. salvage, fr. L. silvaticus, belonging to a wood, wild, fr. silva, a wood. See Silvan, and cf. Sylvatic
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. salvage—L. silvaticus, pertaining to the woods—silva, a wood.

Usage

In literature:

The savage dropped like a stone, and the paddle flew into a dozen splinters.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was a brawny fellow, morose and savage, and though he smiled slightly, he did not seem to appreciate her kindness.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
When the white man chooses to descend, even the savages of the forest cannot keep pace with him.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
It may be asked, why were the savages not permitted to escape?
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
He knew enough of the savages to have very little hope of life.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
He returned to pass the night in the boats, while the savages made great fires on the shore, and danced merrily all night long.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
It would appear that progress is not possible to these savages, so nearly allied to brutes.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
He would imperil the lives of a score of friends bent on a surprise attack by firing upon the first savage he saw.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
This, for the present, put a stop to the movement and turned the efforts of the savages in another direction.
"The Riflemen of the Miami" by Edward S. Ellis
The savages seized them, took away their rifles and ammunition, bound them, and marched them off to their camp.
"The Adventures of Daniel Boone: the Kentucky rifleman" by Uncle Philip
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In poetry:

The father turns away his face,
    He prays to God aloud.
The mother stands as still as stone
    To watch the savage crowd.
"York Garrison, 1640" by Sarah Orne Jewett
For soon, from Wit and Friendship's reign,
The social hearth, the sprightly vein,
I go—to meet the coming year,
On savage plains, and deserts drear!
"Upon a Visit to a Lady of Quality" by William Shenstone
The fearful men around him then,
Each one of them did say,
It was a damn’ed wrong in Ned,
The savage so to slay,
And where he said he saw the dead,
They buried him next day.
"Ned Connor" by Charles Harpur
These are the strange delights of savage life!
Yet tender ties the mountain warrior knows,
A cottage, children, and a gentle wife!
For whom, while braving death, his bosom glows.
"The Hunter of The Alps" by Charlotte Dacre
At length my brain began to swim
As consciousness regrew,
But when with eyeballs strained and dim,
I looked again—I knew
A form stood o’er me, it was him,—
The savage that I slew!
"Ned Connor" by Charles Harpur
But waked, and heard my own voice tinly screaming
In the whorled and whirling valleys of the ear,
And beat the savage bed back in my fear,
And crawled, unheroed, down those cliffs of dreaming.
"Hero" by Paul Engle

In news:

Andy Cohen Savagely Mocked on Saturday Night Live.
Clara Bow in 1932's Call Her Savage.
Dan Savage, William Belli, Mario Lopez.
Savages Palin after calling for civility -- will he take the Public Option Pledge.
Randy Savage News Archive from Raw.
I am addressing this to both ¡Ask a Mexican and Savage Love, hoping one of you will have an answer to this: Why do Mexican chicks yell for their papi during sex.
This weekend, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage --otherwise known as the MythBusters--took the stage in front of 2000 fans dressed as superheroes, monsters and illustrated stars at San Diego Comic Con.
An Egyptian-born US columnist was arrested Tuesday for spray-painting an advertisement equating Muslim radicals with savages at a New York City subway station.
NEW YORK – An Egyptian-born US columnist has been arrested for spray-painting an advertisement equating Muslim radicals with savages at a New York City subway station.
NEW YORK — An Egyptian-born US columnist was arrested Tuesday for spray-painting an advertisement equating Muslim radicals with savages at a New York City subway station.
Politics The GOP Women Problem, Succinctly Stated by Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer and Andrea Savage.
NEW YORK — An Egyptian-born US columnist was arrested Tuesday for spray-painting an advertisement equating Muslim radicals with savages at a New York City subway station .
Anti-jihad 'savage' ads to hit New York City's subway system .
Embracing his role as Savage bait.
WASHINGTON — A coalition of religious groups is responding to an advertising campaign in the DC mass transit system that equates Muslim radicals with savages.
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In science:

This formal issue was partially resolved by Kaplan, Savage and Wise (KSW) who introduced a power-counting in which pions are treated perturbatively † .
Variation of Fundamental Couplings and Nuclear Forces
We thank Rob Fardon, David Kaplan, Ann Nelson, and especially Martin Savage for interesting discussions.
Saxion Emission from SN1987A
Savage, Hadronic and electromagnetic interactions of quarkonia, Phys.
Saxion Emission from SN1987A
Savage, Extra dimensions, sn1987a, and nucleon nucleon scattering data, Nucl.
Saxion Emission from SN1987A
Savage, and U. van Kolck, Towards a perturbative theory of nuclear forces, Nucl.
Saxion Emission from SN1987A
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