3. Uncivilized; untaught; unpolished; rude; as, savage life; savage manners. "What nation, since the commencement of the Christian era, ever rose from savage to civilized without Christianity?" (E. D. Griffin)
4. Characterised by cruelty; barbarous; fierce; ferocious; inhuman; brutal; as, a savage spirit.
Synonyms: Ferocious, wild, uncultivated, untamed, untaught, uncivilized, unpolished, rude, brutish, brutal, heathenish, barbarous, cruel, inhuman, fierce, pitiless, merciless, unmerciful, atrocious. See Ferocious.
Origin: F. Sauvage, OF. Salvage, fr. L. Silvaticus belonging to a wood, wild, fr. Silva a wood. See Silvan, and cf. Sylvatic.
(01 Mar 1998)
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