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savagery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n savagery a brutal barbarous savage act
    • n savagery the trait of extreme cruelty
    • n savagery the property of being untamed and ferocious "the coastline is littered with testaments to the savageness of the waters","a craving for barbaric splendor, for savagery and color and the throb of drums"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Savagery An act of cruelty; barbarity. "The wildest savagery, the vilest stroke,
      That ever wall-eyed wrath or staring rage
      Presented to the tears of soft remorse."
    • Savagery The state of being savage; savageness; savagism. "A like work of primeval savagery ."
    • Savagery Wild growth, as of plants.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n savagery Savage or uncivilized state or condition; a state of barbarism.
    • n savagery Savage or barbarous nature, disposition, conduct, or actions; barbarity.
    • n savagery Wild growth, as of plants; wildness, as of nature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Savagery fierceness: ferocity: wild growth of plants
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sauvagerie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. salvage—L. silvaticus, pertaining to the woods—silva, a wood.

Usage

In literature:

But men who sojourn amidst savagery fear the mosquito more than they do the lion.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
Mr Kipling's savagery is of this excessively cultivated kind.
"Rudyard Kipling" by John Palmer
The passion for knowing flames through the gloom and depression and savagery of the darker moods of the student.
"Among Famous Books" by John Kelman
This incident and unwarranted savagery, although born of "nerves," sickened and also roused those of us who had seen it.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
Both were about four or five generations from Fourth Level Primitive savagery.
"Time Crime" by H. Beam Piper
Now, I learned how the Man must have felt when he set about conquering the elements, subduing land and sea and savagery.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
It was play, and play of the sort that weans the white man from civilization to savagery.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
German account of their savagery, 149, 150. their career in the Principalities and settlement in Hungary, 150.
"Roumania Past and Present" by James Samuelson
Boys, savagery of, 23-26.
"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" by John Muir
The savagery in him flared into a red blaze of passion.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
And like all those Instincts, it is a relic of savagery, which the Man of the Future is now engaged in out-living.
"Post-Prandial Philosophy" by Grant Allen
And in between are every degree of savagery, barbarism and civilization.
"Temple Trouble" by Henry Beam Piper
The war-begotten reversal to savagery brought with it all the hysteria of the savage man.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
Sutch had a fear that the lad meant to leap across the table and strike with all his strength in the savagery of despair.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
And when he paused there, to turn in sudden savagery, he realized that his tardiness had robbed him of his chance.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
But he never failed to remember that a temple had been raised in the human heart, erected firmly on the ashes of savagery.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
We either have a young race, just emerged from savagery, or an old, stagnant race.
"Naudsonce" by H. Beam Piper
It was barbaric, and beautiful in its savagery.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
He was like a wild beast excited to primitive savagery by the smell of blood.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
The use of charm stones in civilisation and savagery is assuredly parallel.
"The Clyde Mystery a Study in Forgeries and Folklore" by Andrew Lang
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In poetry:

Till it grew lethargied with fierce bliss,
And hot as a swinked gipsy is,
And drowsed in sleepy savageries,
With mouth wide a-pout for a sultry kiss.
"The Poppy" by Francis Thompson
'And wherefore, damsel? tell me all ye know.
You cannot scare me; nor rough face, or voice,
Brute bulk of limb, or boundless savagery
Appal me from the quest.'
"Gareth And Lynette" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

The $5 usage fee does not protect our innocent citizenry from the savagery of nature, nor does it protect delicate wildflowers from the cruelty that a hiking boot can wreak.
Action Phil Bacharach Due to the twisted savagery of a young man in a Colorado movie theater, The Dark Knight Rises will forever be a footnote in American history.
Lupine savagery in 'The Werewolf of Paris,' by Guy Endore .
Ten years after New York was hit by an unbearable act of savagery, the gloves have come off in Hollywood.
Some, like David Byrne's sly pro-American torch song "Empire," take a stab at the recent savagery of American neo-colonialism.
Lupine savagery in 'The Werewolf of Paris,' by Guy Endore.
A village teacher spoke in a flat voice of "savagery worthy of the Mongol invaders," and old peasant women in the large crowd wept copiously.
Lupine savagery in 'The Werewolf of Paris,' by Guy Endore.
Mass graves in Mexico reveal savagery .
"La Barbie" All Smiles as Cops Describe Savagery .
Hunt tells an unforgettable tale of the savagery of antebellum America in his haunting newest (after The Impossibly).
Last week on "True Blood": Russell stopped playing the lapdog and gave in to his inborn savagery.
Lyndon Baines Johnson had about him an uncouth savagery which, like much else about the man, was larger than life.
Savagery, witchcraft hold Africans in sway of warlord Kony.
According to a prominent tradition of Western thinking, morality is a thin overlay covering human savagery.
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