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Savage vs. Savory: Know the Difference

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Savage implies brutality or cruelty, while savory relates to delicious or flavorful tastes.
Savage vs. Savory

Key Differences

Savage often denotes something wild, fierce, or untamed, reflecting a lack of civilization or brutality. Savory, in contrast, is a culinary term referring to flavors that are spicy, salty, or meaty, excluding sweetness.
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In a metaphorical sense, savage can describe actions or behaviors that are cruel or ruthless. Savory, however, pertains to the appealing taste or aroma of food, often linked with hearty or appetizing dishes.
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The term savage can also imply a natural, unrefined state, sometimes with a negative connotation. Savory, on the other hand, suggests a pleasant, mouth-watering quality, commonly used to describe enjoyable food experiences.
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In cultural contexts, savage might denote something fierce or barbaric, often used in a pejorative way. Savory, conversely, is used to characterize food that is not only tasty but also wholesome or nutritious.
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Lastly, in literary usage, savage is used to describe severe or harsh conditions or landscapes, whereas savory is employed to convey a rich, satisfying quality in food descriptions.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Fierce, untamed
Pleasing to the taste, not sweet
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Usage in Language

Describes behavior or nature
Describes taste or flavor
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Connotation

Often negative (brutal, wild)
Positive (delicious, appetizing)
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Cultural Context

Can imply barbarism or fierceness
Linked with culinary delight
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Literary Use

Harsh landscapes, severe scenarios
Rich, satisfying food experiences
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Savage and Savory Definitions

Savage

Wild or ferocious.
The tiger's savage roar terrified the explorers.
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Savory

Salty or spicy.
She preferred savory snacks like nuts and olives.
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Savage

Cruel or brutal.
The dictator's savage treatment of his people was condemned worldwide.
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Savory

Pleasing to the taste, not sweet.
The savory aroma of the roasted chicken filled the kitchen.
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Savage

Harsh or severe.
The critics gave a savage review of the movie.
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Savory

Appetizing to the taste or smell
A savory stew.
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Savage

Not domesticated or cultivated; wild
A savage animal.
The savage jungle.
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Savory

Piquant, pungent, or salty to the taste; not sweet.
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Savage

Not civilized; barbaric
A savage people.
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Savory

Morally respectable; inoffensive
A past that was scarcely savory.
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Savage

Vicious or merciless; brutal
A savage form of warfare.
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Savory

A dish of pungent taste, such as anchovies on toast or pickled fruit, sometimes served in Great Britain as an hors d'oeuvre or instead of a sweet dessert.
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Savage

Characterized by or showing hostility; unforgiving
Savage criticism.
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Savory

An annual Mediterranean aromatic herb (Satureja hortensis) of the mint family, having pale lavender to white flowers. Also called summer savory.
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Savage

Extreme in strength or degree
Savage heat.
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Savory

A related Mediterranean aromatic perennial herb (Satureja montana), having white or pink flowers. Also called winter savory.
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Savage

A member of a people regarded as primitive, uncivilized, brutal, or fierce.
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Savory

The leaves of either of these plants, used as seasoning.
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Savage

To assault ferociously.
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Savory

Tasty, attractive to the palate.
The fine restaurant presented an array of savory dishes; each was delicious.
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Savage

To attack without restraint or pity
The critics savaged the new play.
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Savory

Salty and/or spicy, but not sweet.
The mushrooms, meat, bread, rice, peanuts and potatoes were all good savory foods.
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Savage

Wild; not cultivated or tamed.
A savage landscape
A savage forest
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Savory

Umami, modern
The savory rabbit soup contrasted well with the sweet cucumber sandwiches with jam.
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Savage

Barbaric; not civilized.
Savage manners
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Savory

(figuratively) Morally or ethically acceptable.
Readers are to be warned that quotations in this chapter contain some not so savory language.
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Savage

Fierce and ferocious.
Savage beasts
A savage spirit
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Savory

(American spelling) A savory snack.
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Savage

Brutal, vicious, or merciless.
He gave the dog a savage kick.
The woman was killed in a savage manner.
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Savory

Any of several Mediterranean herbs, of the genus Satureja, grown as culinary flavourings.
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Savage

(heraldry) Nude; naked, bare, indecent, immodest.
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Savory

The leaves of these plants used as a flavouring.
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Savage

Unpleasant or unfair.
– I'll see you in detention.
– Ah, savage!
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Savory

Pleasing to the organs of taste or smell.
The chewing flocksHad ta'en their supper on the savory herb.
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Savage

Severe, rude, aggressive, reckless, careless.
– They were so savage to them!
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Savory

An aromatic labiate plant (Satureia hortensis), much used in cooking; - also called summer savory.
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Savage

(pejorative) A person not living in a civilization; a barbarian.
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Savory

Any of several aromatic herbs or subshrubs of the genus Satureja having spikes of flowers attractive to bees
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Savage

(figuratively) An aggressively defiant person.
Their kids are little savages! One of them bit me the other day.
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Savory

Dwarf aromatic shrub of Mediterranean regions
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Savage

To attack or assault someone or something ferociously or without restraint.
No matter how anyone might savage me, I should stay strong.
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Savory

Either of two aromatic herbs of the mint family
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Savage

(figuratively) To criticise vehemently.
His latest film was savaged by most reviewers.
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Savory

An aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre
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Savage

(of an animal) To attack with the teeth.
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Savory

Morally respectable or inoffensive;
A past that was scarcely savory
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Savage

To make savage.
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Savory

Having an agreeably pungent taste
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Savage

Of or pertaining to the forest; remote from human abodes and cultivation; in a state of nature; wild; as, a savage wilderness.
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Savory

Pleasing to the sense of taste
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Savage

Wild; untamed; uncultivated; as, savage beasts.
Cornels, and savage berries of the wood.
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Savory

Appetizing to the palate.
The chef prepared a savory meal that delighted all the guests.
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Savage

Uncivilized; untaught; unpolished; rude; as, savage life; savage manners.
What nation, since the commencement of the Christian era, ever rose from savage to civilized without Christianity?
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Savory

Morally wholesome or acceptable.
The movie had a savory reputation for its family-friendly content.
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Savage

Characterized by cruelty; barbarous; fierce; ferocious; inhuman; brutal; as, a savage spirit.
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Savory

Agreeable, pleasant.
The savory breeze from the ocean made the evening delightful.
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Savage

A human being in his native state of rudeness; one who is untaught, uncivilized, or without cultivation of mind or manners.
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Savage

A man of extreme, unfeeling, brutal cruelty; a barbarian.
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Savage

To make savage.
Its bloodhounds, savaged by a cross of wolf.
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Savage

A member of an uncivilized people
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Savage

A cruelly rapacious person
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Savage

Attack brutally and fiercely
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Savage

Criticize harshly or violently;
The press savaged the new President
The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage
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Savage

(of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering;
A barbarous crime
Brutal beatings
Cruel tortures
Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks
A savage slap
Vicious kicks
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Savage

Wild and menacing;
A ferocious dog
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Savage

Without civilizing influences;
Barbarian invaders
Barbaric practices
A savage people
Fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient
Wild tribes
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Savage

Marked by extreme and violent energy;
A ferocious beating
Fierce fighting
A furious battle
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Savage

Primitive or uncivilized.
The novel depicted the savage customs of the ancient tribe.
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Savage

Fiercely intense.
The debate took a savage turn as tempers flared.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What does "savage" mean?

It refers to something wild, ferocious, or brutal.
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Is "savage" only for describing animals?

No, it can describe humans, nature, or behaviors.
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What does "savory" mean in food?

It refers to flavors that are spicy, salty, or meaty, and not sweet.
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Can "savage" be used positively?

Rarely; it's usually negative but can imply raw power or intensity.
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Is "savage" ever used in humor?

Sometimes, to describe an over-the-top or brutally honest remark.
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Can a dessert be savory?

Uncommon, but some desserts blend sweet and savory elements.
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Can "savory" describe personality?

No, it's primarily used for taste or aroma.
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What's a "savory" smell?

A smell that's appetizing, often associated with cooked or seasoned food.
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Is "savory" a good thing?

Yes, in culinary contexts, it's highly positive, indicating deliciousness.
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Can "savory" mean morally good?

Rarely, but it can suggest wholesomeness in a broad sense.
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Is "savage" a common term in literature?

Yes, often to depict primal, untamed, or harsh elements.
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Can "savage" describe weather?

Yes, to imply harsh, fierce, or unrelenting conditions.
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Does "savage" always imply violence?

Often, but it can also describe intensity or unfiltered rawness.
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How is "savory" used in cooking?

To describe foods with herbs, spices, and umami flavors.
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Is "savory" used outside of food descriptions?

Rarely; it's mostly used in culinary contexts.
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Can "savage" refer to a lifestyle?

Yes, to describe a life lived in a wild or untamed manner.
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Is "savage" used in modern slang?

Yes, often to describe something extreme or impressively ruthless.
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Does "savage" have a positive connotation in any culture?

In some contexts, it can denote strength or natural beauty.
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Can something be both savage and savory?

Not in literal terms, as they describe different qualities.
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Are there savory scents?

Yes, these are aromas that remind one of appetizing, non-sweet foods.
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