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  • IPA(key): /ˈsæv.ɪd͡ʒ.ɹɪ/


savagery (countable and uncountable, plural savageries)

  1. (uncountable) Savage or brutal behaviour; barbarity.
  2. (countable) A violent act of cruelty.
  3. Savages collectively; the world of savages.
    • 1927, Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)[1]:
      They spring out of an element of diffused homosexuality which is at least as marked in civilization as it is in savagery.
  4. (uncountable) Wild growth of plants.
    • 1990, Brian Leverett, Water Gardens: Step-By-Step to Success, page 9:
      [] they [] made, amongst other features, lead ponds. With their departure these lands once more reverted to savagery; gardening, along with virtually all aspects of culture, disappeared and with it the man-made water gardens.

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