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adjective     savage pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    cruel and unpleasant or violent

    A savage look flitted across his face.

    She took a savage pleasure in pointing out their mistakes.

  2. 2
    extremely severe

    savage cuts in public services

    Losing his job had been a savage blow.

  3. 3
    a savage area of land has no buildings on it and looks very cold

    a bare savage landscape

    a savage coastline

  4. 4
    criticizing someone or something very much

    She wrote a savage review of the book.

    a savage attack on the government’s policies

  5. 5
    old-fashioned an insulting way of describing someone or something from a culture that is not considered to be advanced. This is now considered offensive.

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