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


noble savage

BrE BrE//ˌnəʊbl ˈsævɪdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnoʊbl ˈsævɪdʒ//
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a word used in the past to refer in a positive way to a person or people who did not live in an advanced human society The book contrasts modern civilization with the ideal of the noble savage who lived in harmony with nature.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: noble savage