feral vs savage what difference

what is difference between feral and savage

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French féral, from fer + -al, or borrowed from a Late Latin ferālis, from Latin ferus (wild).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɛɹəl/, /ˈfɪəɹəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɛrəl, -ɪəɹəl
  • Homophone: Farrell (Marymarrymerry merger)

Adjective

feral (comparative more feral, superlative most feral)

  1. Wild, untamed, especially of domesticated animals having returned to the wild.
  2. (of a person) Contemptible, unruly, misbehaved.

Derived terms

  • feral child
  • feral cat

Translations

Noun

feral (plural ferals)

  1. A domesticated animal that has returned to the wild; an animal, particularly a domesticated animal, living independently of humans.
    • 2005, Alexandra Powe Allred, Cats’ Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Mysterious Mousers, Talented Tabbies, and Feline Oddities, unnumbered page,
      Traffic, abuse, inhumane traps, and accidental poisoning are other hazards ferals must face. [] In England one gamekeeper claimed to have killed over three hundred ferals, while another brought home pelts to his wife so that she could design rugs from cat skins as a source of secondary income.
    • 2007, Clea Simon, Cries and Whiskers, page 26,
      You trap ferals, neuter them, and give them their rabies shot. Maybe distemper.
    • 2011, Gina Spadafori, Paul D. Pion, Cats for Dummies, unnumbered page,
      If you′ve ever put a saucer of milk out for a hard-luck kitty, or if you′re spending your lunch hour sharing sandwiches with the ferals near your office, this is the chapter for you.
  2. (Australia, colloquial) A contemptible young person, a lout, a person who behaves wildly.
  3. (Australia, colloquial) A person who has isolated themselves from the outside world; one living an alternative lifestyle.
    • 1995, Bill Metcalf, From Utopian Dreaming to Communal Reality: Cooperative Lifestyles in Australia, page 82,
      The intolerance which was directed towards us during the early years has now shifted to ‘the ferals’ who embrace a new version of nonconformist behaviour that even some of us in their parent′s generation — the Aquarian settlers — don′t like. The ferals are the scapegoats for the drug problems here, and are highly visible since many of them have nowhere to live.
    • 2002, Shane Maloney, Something Fishy, 2003, page 208,
      A pod of ferals was moving towards the exit, a half-dozen soap-shy, low-tech, bush-dwelling hippies.
    • 2010, Anna Krien, Into The Woods: The Battle For Tasmania’s Forests, page 102,
      It′s the rootlessness of the ferals that people don′t seem to trust; their claims of connectedness to all wild places touches a nerve. Even residents of Maydena who want to see the Florentine protected dislike the ratbags′ itinerancy.
  4. (furry subculture) A character in furry art or literature which has the physical characteristics (body) of a regular animal (typically quadripedal), that may or may not be able to communicate with humans or anthros (contrasts anthro)
    The story is about a group of ferals which have to explore the ruins of society after the humans die out.

Derived terms

  • feral child
  • feral cat

Usage notes

  • Feral in the furry-related sense can refer to both regular animals as well as characters which have the bodies of regular animals but the intelligence of a human. Intelligent feral characters are often depicted as speaking with other characters, but may only be able to speak with other ferals and not humans or anthros due to a language barrier.

Anagrams

  • flare

Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from a Late Latin ferālis, from Latin ferus (wild), or formed from fiero +‎ -al.

Adjective

feral (plural ferales)

  1. feral

Related terms

  • fiero


English

Etymology

From Middle English savage, from Old French sauvage, salvage (wild, savage, untamed), from Late Latin salvaticus, alteration of Latin silvaticus (wild”; literally, “of the woods), from silva (forest”, “grove).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈsævɪdʒ/
  • Rhymes: -ævɪdʒ
  • Hyphenation: sav‧age

Adjective

savage (comparative more savage, superlative most savage)

  1. Wild; not cultivated.
  2. Barbaric; not civilized.
  3. Fierce and ferocious.
  4. Brutal, vicious, or merciless.
  5. (Britain, slang) Unpleasant or unfair.
    – I’ll see you in detention.
    – Ah, savage!
  6. (Ireland, US, slang) Great, brilliant, amazing.
    Synonyms: wicked; see also Thesaurus:excellent
  7. (heraldry) Nude; naked.

Related terms

  • sylvan (see for more terms)

Translations

Noun

savage (plural savages)

  1. (derogatory) A person living in a traditional, especially tribal, rather than civilized society, especially when viewed as uncivilized and uncultivated; a barbarian.
  2. (figuratively) A defiant person.

Alternative forms

  • salvage

Translations

Verb

savage (third-person singular simple present savages, present participle savaging, simple past and past participle savaged) (transitive)

  1. To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint.
  2. (figuratively) To criticise vehemently.
  3. (of an animal) To attack with the teeth.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To make savage.
    • Its bloodhounds, savaged by a cross of wolf.

Translations

Anagrams

  • agaves

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • sauvage, saveage, salvage

Etymology

Borrowed from Old French savage, from Late Latin salvāticus, from Latin silvāticus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /saˈvaːdʒ(ə)/, /saˈvau̯dʒ(ə)/

Adjective

savage

  1. savage, barbaric, unmannered, primitive
  2. wild, untamed, harsh
  3. mighty, strong, powerful
  4. ferocious, angry, attacking, opposed
  5. (rare) demented, crazy, insane
  6. (rare) ill-thought, ill-advised

Derived terms

  • savagyne

Descendants

  • English: savage
  • Scots: savage

References

  • “savāǧe, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-07-28.

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