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Meaning of “savage” in the English Dictionary

"savage" in British English

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savageadjective

uk   us   /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/
extremelyviolent, ​wild, or ​frightening: a savage ​dog/​beast a ​brutal and savage attack very ​serious or ​cruel: savage criticism very ​large and ​severe: savage cuts in ​educationspending

savageverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/

savagenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ offensive
(Definition of savage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"savage" in American English

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savageadjective

 us   /ˈsæv·ɪdʒ/
  • savage adjective (FIERCE)

(of an ​animal) ​wild and ​fierce, or (of a ​remark or ​action) ​violentlycruel: savage ​beasts He writes about ​people who are savage and ​cruel.
savagely
adverb  us   /ˈsæv·ɪdʒ·li/
savagely ​attacked

savagenoun [C]

 us   /ˈsæv·ɪdʒ/ dated
  • savage noun [C] (PERSON)

someone who is ​thought to be in a ​wildstate and to have no ​experience of a ​civilizedsociety (= ​highlydevelopedsociety) Note: This word is often considered offensive.

savageverb [T]

 us   /ˈsæv·ɪdʒ/
  • savage verb [T] (CRITICIZE)

to ​criticize someone ​cruelly: The ​performance was savaged by the ​media.
(Definition of savage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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