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

     

    savage

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈsævɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsævɪdʒ//
     
     
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  1. 1(old-fashioned, taboo) an offensive word for somebody who belongs to a people that is simple and not developed the development of the human race from primitive savages
  2. 2a cruel and violent person He described the attack as the work of savages.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French sauvage ‘wild’, from Latin silvaticus ‘of the woods’, from silva ‘a wood’.
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