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 cartoonistsMore example sentences
- 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 savageryMore example sentences
- 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.