Savagery

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savagery

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. (Science: botany) wild growth, as of plants.

Origin: F. Sauvagerie.