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savage (adj.)

13世纪中叶, “凶猛, 凶残”; 14世纪, “野性, 未驯化, 未驯化” (动物和地方), 来自古法语 sauvage, salvage “野性, 野蛮, 未驯化, 奇怪, 异教徒”, 来自晚期拉丁语 salvaticus, 改用 silvaticus “野性”, 字面意思是“森林的”, 来自 silva “森林, 树林” (见 sylvan). 在人的意义上, “鲁莽的, 无法治理的” 的意思是从15世纪开始的, 更早的意思是“不屈不挠的, 勇敢的” (14世纪).

savage (n.)

“野人”, 15世纪, 来自 savage (adj.

savage (v.)

“用牙齿撕咬, maul”, 1880年, 来自 savage (adj.). 更早的“充当野蛮人” (1560年代). 相关链接: Savaged; savaging.

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Definitions of savage from WordNet
1
savage (adj.)
(of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering;
a savage slap
savage (adj.)
wild and menacing;
Synonyms: feral / ferine
savage (adj.)
without civilizing influences; "fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade;
a savage people
Synonyms: barbarian / barbaric / uncivilized / uncivilised / wild
savage (adj.)
marked by extreme and violent energy;
Synonyms: ferocious / fierce / furious
2
savage (v.)
attack brutally and fiercely;
savage (v.)
criticize harshly or violently;
The press savaged the new President
Synonyms: blast / pillory / crucify
3
savage (n.)
a member of an uncivilized people;
Synonyms: barbarian
savage (n.)
a cruelly rapacious person;
Synonyms: beast / wolf / brute / wildcat
From wordnet.princeton.edu