Definition of 'savage'

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This is referred to in some circles as savage cuts. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The pair uncover a mystery involving animals going savage. The Sun (2016)Britain is in the grip of a terrifying epidemic of savage youth violence. The Sun (2008)They said the injuries were similar to being hit by a vehicle or savaged by a dog. The Sun (2015)The savage lunchtime attack shocked other staff and pupils at the school. The Sun (2012)Japan has been dealt a savage blow by the earthquake and tsunami. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Their cuts were savage because so many other budgets were protected. The Sun (2014)Sales turn us into savages; lords of the buys. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It was another savage kick in the teeth for Portsmouth. The Sun (2010)It is an example of humans as savage wild animals unfit for any sort of role in society and ripe for replacement by machinery. Times, Sunday Times (2014)What are you people, savages? The Sun (2014)But this would have to be extended a further 2,400 miles through some of the most savage terrain in the northern hemisphere. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The poor outlook and rumours of price cuts to drive sales of its smartphones overshadowed an improved financial performance after savage cost-cutting over the past year. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He inherited a company in shock after more than 30 employees committed suicide in two years following the savage cost-cutting programme imposed by the previous management team. Times, Sunday Times (2011)


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Translations for 'savage'

British English: savage ADJECTIVE
Someone or something that is savage is extremely cruel, violent, and uncontrolled.
This was a savage attack on a defenceless young girl.
  • American English: savage
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cruel
  • Chinese: 野蛮的
  • European Spanish: salvaje
  • French: brutal
  • German: brutal
  • Italian: selvaggio
  • Japanese: 残忍な
  • Korean: 야만적인
  • European Portuguese: cruel
  • Latin American Spanish: salvaje
British English: savage NOUN
If you refer to people as savages, you dislike them because you think that they do not have an advanced society and are violent.
...their conviction that the area was a frozen desert peopled with uncouth savages.
British English: savage VERB
If someone is savaged by a dog or other animal, the animal attacks them violently.
The animal then turned on him and he was savaged to death.
  • American English: savage
  • Brazilian Portuguese: atacar ferozmente
  • Chinese: 凶猛地攻击动物
  • European Spanish: embestir
  • French: attaquer férocement
  • German: zerfleischen
  • Italian: attaccare selvaggiamente
  • Japanese: 噛みつく
  • Korean: 짐승에게 공격당하다
  • European Portuguese: atacar ferozmente
  • Latin American Spanish: embestir


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