brutal or merciless; cruel and violent


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Part of speech



brutal, harsh, rough, violent, feral, untamed, uncivilized, barbaric


gentle, kind, compassionate, humane, civilized

Example sentences

  • The tribespeople were known for their savage rituals and customs.
  • The animal was so savage that it had to be put down.
  • He had a savage temper and would often lash out at others for no reason.


The word “savage” is often used to describe someone or something that is brutally violent, merciless, or uncivilized. It implies a lack of kindness, compassion, or restraint, and often connotes cruelty and ferocity. This word can be used to describe humans, animals, or even natural phenomena. For example, a person may be described as savage if they act with brutal violence, or a storm might be referred to as savage if it is especially destructive and wild. In general, “savage” is used to describe something that is brutal, violent, and unrestrained, and carries a negative connotation