Definition of savagery in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsavɪdʒ(ə)ri

noun (plural savageries)

[mass noun]
  • 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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