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Definitions of primitive

  1. belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and ( often) crudeness; " the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man"; " primitive movies of the 1890s"; " primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains"
  2. ( fine arts) of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style; " primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking"
  3. a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms; "` pick' is the primitive from which ` picket' is derived"
  4. a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived
  5. ( anthropology; of societies) preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial; " primitive societies"
  6. Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as, primitive innocence; the primitive church.
  7. Of or pertaining to a former time; old- fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of dress.
  8. Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar.
  9. An original or primary word; a word not derived from another; -- opposed to derivative.
  10. Pertaining to the beginning; original: opposite to derivative; simple or crude; old fashioned.
  11. A word in its simplest form and not derived from another.
  12. Primitively.
  13. Primitiveness.
  14. Belonging to the beginning, or to the first times: original: ancient: antiquated: old- fashioned: not derived.
  15. A primitive word, or one not derived from another.
  16. An underived word.
  17. Original; ancient.
  18. Pertaining to the beginning; first; earliest.
  19. Old- fashioned.
  20. A primary or radical word.
  21. Pertaining to the beginning or origin; original; primary; radical; formal; old- fashioned.
  22. A word not derived from another. Primitive colours, red, yellow, and blue. Primitive rocks. See Primary.
  23. Of or belonging to remote or early times; ancient; pristine; old- fashioned; denoting that from which others are derived or formed.
  24. An original word; a word not derived from another.
  25. Of earliest origin; groove, knot, streak, aorta, palate, ventricle.

Usage examples for primitive

  1. 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
  2. Such had become the primitive simplicity of William the Silent's household. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. T. R. has a primitive mind, but one of the most advanced type. – Germany, The Next Republic? by Carl W. Ackerman
  4. They wait; unconsciously the primitive instinct is awakened in them. – Essays on Russian Novelists by William Lyon Phelps
  5. 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
  6. Therefore, to one's help comes any and every work of the primitive artists. – The Tapestry Book by Helen Churchill Candee
  7. And the simple primitive joys ... – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  8. Out here, the needs could get truly primitive. – The Planet Strappers by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  9. Well as I seem to know these people of the islands, there is hardly a day that I do not come upon some new primitive feature of their life. – The Aran Islands by John M. Synge
  10. 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
  11. For awhile these primitive folk had looked on in silence. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  12. They were very primitive, David. – General Max Shorter by Kris Ottman Neville
  13. They were all crazed with primitive passion, and were going in. – Long Odds by Harold Bindloss
  14. 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
  15. They were very primitive people in Billingsfield. – A Tale of a Lonely Parish by F. Marion Crawford
  16. 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
  17. In her hysterical fear lest she was losing all, she took no thought of her pride; she was making passionate, primitive appeal to the chosen mate. – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day
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