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Savage

other word formation type Adjective
The definition of savage is similar to one of the traditional definitions of savage in the OED: “Of movement, noise, demeanour, etc.: wild, uncontrolled, unrestrained; rough, crude.” However, the difference is this new definition/usage of savage is not necessarily negative in connotation. In fact, savage can refer to an act that people regard as ‘cool’ or funny but not actually mean although, out of context, could be taken as such. This word almost always refers to an act.
 
Ooh, that was savage.
Etymology : Took a traditionally negative word, savage, and turned it into something desirable. The word went through kind of amelioration in the sense that it gained a different, positive meaning from its original, negative meaning.
Source : A friend (11/2015)
Last modified: 7 December 2015


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