Definition of savage adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsævɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsævɪdʒ//
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  1. 1aggressive and violent; causing great harm synonym brutal savage dogs She had been badly hurt in what police described as ‘a savage attack’. savage public spending cuts See related entries: Anger
  2. 2involving very strong criticism The article was a savage attack on the government's record.
  3. 3[only before noun] (old-fashioned, taboo) an offensive way of referring to groups of people or customs that are considered to be simple and not highly developed synonym primitive a savage tribe
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French sauvage ‘wild’, from Latin silvaticus ‘of the woods’, from silva ‘a wood’.Extra examples a rather savage dog Police have over 20 new leads in the hunt for the savage killer of two young boys. Resistance provoked savage reprisals from the authorities.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: savage