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noble savage

Syllabification: no·ble sav·age

Definition of noble savage in English:

noun

(usually the noble savage)
A representative of primitive humankind as idealized in Romantic literature, symbolizing the innate goodness of humanity when free from the corrupting influence of civilization.
Example sentences
  • The Scythians and the Hyperboreans (sometimes the Aethiopians) were the noble savages of the Ancients.
  • In the tradition of the noble savage of literature, Tarzan must confront the hypocrisy, illogic, and brutality of the human world, the world that he is told he belongs to but which his upbringing has not prepared him for.
  • The Native Americans in ‘On the Rez’ aren't noble savages, to be revered for their mystical connection to nature.

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