Savagery Sav"age*ry (?; 277), n. [F. sauvagerie.] 1. The state of being savage; savageness; savagism. [1913 Webster]

A like work of primeval savagery. --C. Kingsley. [1913 Webster]

2. An act of cruelty; barbarity. [1913 Webster]

The wildest savagery, the vilest stroke, That ever wall-eyed wrath or staring rage Presented to the tears of soft remorse. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Wild growth, as of plants. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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