Meaning of “savage” in the English Dictionary

"savage" in English

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savageadjective

uk /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/

savageverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/

savagenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ offensive

(Definition of “savage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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savageadjective

us /ˈsæv·ɪdʒ/

savage adjective (FIERCE)

(of an animal) wild and fierce, or (of a remark or action) violently cruel:

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 wild state and to have no experience of a civilized society (= highly developed society)

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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savage

Under no circumstances can innovations justify disregard for their human basis and subjugate man to technology and to the savage laws of the capitalist market.
He faces defeat in the presidential election next year, but is trying to head this off with a savage campaign of brutal intimidation against his political opponents.
The alleged protection of workers' rights proves to be protection for the slave-trading companies, legitimisation of the unaccountability of capital and savage exploitation of the working class.
I will say this once again, it is also necessary to fight against the savage and economically unjustified relocations which are taking place.
A major barrier to such an environment is the savage authoritarian regimes whose behaviour discourages all decent people from entering into any form of cooperation.
The state of emergency has been used to imprison the opposition with impunity and to impose savage restrictions on press freedom and freedom of speech.
An acute lack of humanitarian food aid and inadequate funding are threatening the old, isolated camps, which find it hard to withstand the savage desert climate.
Should we demand a certain number of qualifications, risking savage consequences for the countries of origin, which often have a need for precisely those qualifications?
The citizens of this country are living under a regime that does not respect human rights and maintains an extremely savage political police force.
The agricultural sector has invested in this, and is now being unfairly punished by a savage 25 % reduction in the subsidy.