Definition of savagery in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsavɪdʒ(ə)ri

noun (plural savageries)

[mass noun]
1The quality of being fierce or cruel: a crime of the utmost savagery she was treated with particular savagery by cartoonists
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  • Christopher Tookey said the whole Protestant community was implicated in the gang's savagery.
  • There were many revolts which were put down with incredible savagery.
  • The dog represented an extension, even a vanguard, of man's savagery.
2(Chiefly in historical or literary contexts) the condition of being primitive or uncivilized: without adult society, the children descend into savagery the progress of civilization over savagery
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  • Communication, except the more primitive kinds and the printed word were lost as survivors slipped backward toward savagery.
  • Thus Darwin may have employed the word "savagery" to describe the cultural level of non-Europeans.
  • White Americans began imagining African Americans as bestial examples of Africa's primitive savagery within the nation's borders.

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