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Hi! When should I use "savage" as an adjective and "savage" as a noun? I mean, is there a difference?
According to my dictionary savage as an adjective has the following meanings:
- (Of an animal or force of nature) fierce, violent, and uncontrolled;
- Cruel and vicious; aggressively hostile;
- (Of something bad or negative) very great; severe;
- (Chiefly in historical or literary contexts) primitive; uncivilized;
- (Of a place) wild-looking and inhospitable; uncultivated.
Savage as a noun means:
-(Chiefly in historical or literary contexts) a member of a people regarded as primitive and uncivilized;
- A brutal or vicious person;
- A representation of a bearded and semi-naked man with a wreath of Leaves.
For example, what is the difference between these two sentences?
1) No reading, no writing, made us savage of men. (the source is a song called "Hold on")
2) We didn't see the big ideas behind the words you used. We didn't see that you had to name everything to make it exist, and that the
name you gave something made it what it was. You named us savages so that made us savages. (Here the source is a book called "Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder" by Kent Nerburn ).
Your lengthy post is all very interesting, but the answer to the actual question is elementary, or am I missing something?
"I was subjected to a savage attack." adjective
"I was attacked by a savage." noun
If you know the difference between an adjective and a noun you know the answer to the question.