[syn: brutality, barbarity, barbarism, savagery]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Savagery \Sav"age*ry\ (?; 277), n. [F. sauvagerie.]
1. The state of being savage; savageness; savagism.
A like work of primeval savagery. --C. Kingsley.
2. An act of cruelty; barbarity.
The wildest savagery, the vilest stroke,
That ever wall-eyed wrath or staring rage
Presented to the tears of soft remorse. --Shak.
3. Wild growth, as of plants. --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the property of being untamed and ferocious; "the coastline
is littered with testaments to the savageness of the
waters"; "a craving for barbaric splendor, for savagery and
color and the throb of drums" [syn: savageness,
2: the trait of extreme cruelty [syn: ferociousness,
brutality, viciousness, savagery]
3: a brutal barbarous savage act [syn: brutality, barbarity,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
81 Moby Thesaurus words for "savagery":
Gothicism, Neanderthalism, acuteness, age of ignorance, animality,
atrociousness, atrocity, barbarism, barbarity, barbarousness,
beastliness, benightedness, benightment, bestiality, bloodiness,
bloodlust, bloodthirst, bloodthirstiness, bloody-mindedness,
brutality, brutalness, brutishness, cannibalism, cruelness,
cruelty, dark, dark age, darkness, destructiveness, extremity,
ferociousness, ferocity, fiendishness, fierceness, force,
furiousness, harshness, heathenism, ill breeding, impetuosity,
impoliteness, incivility, inclemency, inhumaneness, inhumanity,
intensity, malignity, mercilessness, mindlessness, murderousness,
paganism, philistinism, pitilessness, rigor, roughness,
ruthlessness, sadism, sadistic cruelty, sanguineousness, savagism,
severity, sharpness, terrorism, troglodytism, truculence,
uncivilizedness, uncouthness, uncultivatedness, uncultivation,
unculturedness, unenlightenment, ungentleness, unrefinement,
vandalism, vehemence, venom, viciousness, violence, virulence,
wanton cruelty, wildness