savagery

Savagery is fierce or brutal violence. The savagery of boxing is just too much for me — I prefer sports like rowing and badminton.

When you think of savagery, extreme physical violence probably comes to mind. The savagery of war, brutal crackdowns by totalitarian governments, and vicious attacks are all good examples. There's also a figurative kind of savagery: "The restaurant critic's savagery felt like a personal attack on the chef." Savagery has a Latin source meaning "wild" or "of the woods," from a root that means "forest."

Definitions of savagery
  1. noun
    the property of being untamed and ferocious
    “a craving for barbaric splendor, for savagery and color and the throb of drums”
    synonyms: savageness
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    type of:
    ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, fury, vehemence, violence, wildness
    the property of being wild or turbulent
  2. noun
    the trait of extreme cruelty
    synonyms: brutality, ferociousness, viciousness
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    type of:
    cruelness, cruelty, harshness
    the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
  3. noun
    a brutal barbarous savage act
    synonyms: barbarism, barbarity, brutality
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    type of:
    atrocity, inhumanity
    an act of atrocious cruelty
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