savage

A polar bear in a zoo might look like an adorable giant stuffed animal, but if you met a hungry one in its native environment, it would seem more savage — wild and fierce — than cute.

Describing an animal as savage means that it is true to its wild, ferocious nature, but if you describe a person or the actions of a person as savage, it means "cruel" or "brutal." A place can also be described as savage if it's untamed, uninhabitable, and unwelcoming. When savage takes the form of a noun, it means "a brutal person," and when it's a verb it means "to attack ferociously." Any way you use it, savage is uncivilized and violent.

Definitions of savage
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adj without civilizing influences

“a savage people”
Synonyms:
barbarian, barbaric, uncivilised, uncivilized, wild
noncivilised, noncivilized
not having a high state of culture and social development

adj wild and menacing

Synonyms:
feral, ferine
untamed, wild
in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated

adj (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

“a savage slap”
Synonyms:
barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, vicious
inhumane
reflecting lack of pity or compassion

adj marked by extreme and violent energy

Synonyms:
ferocious, fierce, furious
violent
acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity

n a member of an uncivilized people

Synonyms:
barbarian
Examples:
Odovacar
Germanic barbarian leader who ended the Western Roman Empire in 476 and became the first barbarian ruler of Italy (434-493)
Types:
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anthropophagite, anthropophagus, cannibal, man-eater
a person who eats human flesh
head-shrinker, headhunter
a savage who cuts off and preserves the heads of enemies as trophies
hunter-gatherer
a member of a hunting and gathering society
Vandal
a member of the Germanic people who overran Gaul and Spain and North Africa and sacked Rome in 455
Type of:
primitive, primitive person
a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization

n a cruelly rapacious person

Synonyms:
beast, brute, wildcat, wolf
Type of:
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker
someone who attacks

v attack brutally and fiercely

Type of:
assail, assault, attack, set on
attack someone physically or emotionally

v criticize harshly or violently

“The press savaged the new President”
Synonyms:
blast, crucify, pillory
Type of:
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

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