1(of an animal or force of nature) fierce, violent, and uncontrolled:packs of savage dogs roamed the streets cruel and vicious; aggressively hostile:a savage attack on the government 2(of something bad or negative) very great; severe:the decision was a savage blow for the town
3(chiefly in historical or literary contexts) primitive; uncivilized. (of a place) wild-looking and inhospitable; uncultivated.
1(chiefly in historical or literary contexts) a member of a people regarded as primitive and uncivilized. 2a brutal or vicious person:the mother of one of the victims has described his assailants as savages
3 Heraldry a representation of a bearded and semi-naked man with a wreath of leaves.
(especially of a dog or wild animal) attack ferociously and maul:police are rounding up dogs after a girl was savaged subject to a vicious verbal attack; criticize brutally:he savaged the government for wasting billions in their failed bid to prop up the pound