|Origin:||sauvage, from Medieval Latin salvaticus, from Latin silvaticus 'of the woods, wild', from silva 'forest'|
very violent or cruel:
a savage dog
a savage murder
criticizing someone or something very severely:
a savage attack on the government
The government has announced savage cuts in spending.
a savage storm
an offensive word used to describe people who have a simple, traditional way of life:
people[only before noun] old-fashioned not politeSA
• a savage tribe
He was savagely attacked and beaten.
—savageness noun [uncountable]