primitive

[p_ɹ_ˈɪ_m_ɪ_t_ˌɪ_v], [pɹˈɪmɪtˌɪv], [pɹˈɪmɪtˌɪv]

Definitions of primitive:

  1.   Original; ancient. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  2.   An underived word. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   A word in its simplest form and not derived from another. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Primitiveness. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5.   A primitive word, or one not derived from another. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6.   Of or belonging to remote or early times; ancient; pristine; old- fashioned; denoting that from which others are derived or formed. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7.   Pertaining to the beginning or origin; original; primary; radical; formal; old- fashioned. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8.   Of earliest origin; groove, knot, streak, aorta, palate, ventricle. – A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  9.   A word not derived from another. Primitive colours, red, yellow, and blue. Primitive rocks. See Primary. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10.   An original word; a word not derived from another. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11.   Pertaining to the beginning; original: opposite to derivative; simple or crude; old fashioned. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12.   Belonging to the beginning, or to the first times: original: ancient: antiquated: old- fashioned: not derived. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13.   Primitively. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Quotes for primitive:

  1. The prehistorical and primitive period represents the true infancy of the mind. – James M. Baldwin
  2. Although it was in primitive times and differently called the Lord's day or Sunday, yet it was never denominated the Sabbath; a name constantly appropriate to Saturday, or the Seventh day both by sacred and ecclesiastical writers. – Charles Buck
  3. Good music is very close to primitive language. – Denis Diderot
  4. By many peoples' standards, my playing is very primitive but by punk standards, I'm a virtuoso. – Robert Quine
  5. The point I am making is that in the more primitive forms of society the individual is merely a unit; in more developed forms of society he is an independent personality. – Herbert Read

Usage examples for primitive:

  1. They were very primitive people in Billingsfield. ” – A Tale of a Lonely Parish by F. Marion Crawford
  2. In a flash his arms were around her and his kisses, a wild, primitive man's kisses, were on her lips, her eyes, her cheeks. ” – Viviette by William J. Locke
  3. They were all crazed with primitive passion, and were going in. ” – Long Odds by Harold Bindloss
  4. Among the primitive Japanese there was probably no corresponding ceremony; but after the establishment of the domestic cult, the marriage ceremony became a religious rite, and this it still remains. ” – Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation by Lafcadio Hearn
  5. They were very primitive David. ” – General Max Shorter by Kris Ottman Neville
  6. Out here, the needs could get truly primitive – The Planet Strappers by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  7. These primitive services which are at the foundation of all home life are in themselves the same in all places and times. ” – The Education of Catholic Girls by Janet Erskine Stuart
  8. Yes, he was thoroughly comfortable,- as comfortable as a truly pious fat man deserves to be, and all the work he had to do was to preach twice on Sundays, to a quiet, primitive decently ordered congregation, who listened to his words respectfully though without displaying any emotional rapture. ” – Thelma by Marie Corelli
  9. Attachment to the old Constitution of my country is my only crime with them- for which I have still the disposition of the primitive martyr. ” – Nathan Hale by Jean Christie Root
  10. And the simple primitive joys ... ” – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster

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