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Definitions of primitive

  1. little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type; " archaic forms of life"; " primitive mammals"; " the okapi is a short- necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"
  2. 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"
  3. ( 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"
  4. a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms; "` pick' is the primitive from which ` picket' is derived"
  5. a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived
  6. a person who belongs to early stage of civilization
  7. ( anthropology; of societies) preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial; " primitive societies"
  8. used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies; " primitive societies"
  9. Of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first; as, primitive innocence; the primitive church.
  10. Of or pertaining to a former time; old- fashioned; characterized by simplicity; as, a primitive style of dress.
  11. Original; primary; radical; not derived; as, primitive verb in grammar.
  12. An original or primary word; a word not derived from another; -- opposed to derivative.
  13. Pertaining to the beginning; original: opposite to derivative; simple or crude; old fashioned.
  14. A word in its simplest form and not derived from another.
  15. Primitively.
  16. Primitiveness.
  17. Primary, early in the course of development, rudimentary.
  18. Belonging to the beginning, or to the first times: original: ancient: antiquated: old- fashioned: not derived.
  19. A primitive word, or one not derived from another.
  20. An underived word.
  21. Original; ancient.
  22. Pertaining to the beginning; first; earliest.
  23. Old- fashioned.
  24. A primary or radical word.
  25. Pertaining to the beginning or origin; original; primary; radical; formal; old- fashioned.
  26. A word not derived from another. Primitive colours, red, yellow, and blue. Primitive rocks. See Primary.
  27. Of or belonging to remote or early times; ancient; pristine; old- fashioned; denoting that from which others are derived or formed.
  28. An original word; a word not derived from another.
  29. Of earliest origin; groove, knot, streak, aorta, palate, ventricle.
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Quotes of primitive

  1. The prehistorical and primitive period represents the true infancy of the mind. – James M. Baldwin
  2. Naturalism aimed at giving the primitive wishes full play but failed because these wishes are too primitive too infantile, too inconsistent with themselves to be satisfied even by the greatest license. – John Desmond Bernal
  3. 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
  4. This doctrine of Christ and of the apostles, from which the true faith of the primitive church was received, the apostles at first delivered orally, without writing, but later, not by any human counsel but by the will of God, they handed it on in the Scriptures. – Martin Chemnitz
  5. Good music is very close to primitive language. – Denis Diderot
  6. Music is essentially built upon primitive memory structures. – Morton Feldman
  7. I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive – John W. Gardner
  8. Anthropologists are a connecting link between poets and scientists; though their field -work among primitive peoples has often made them forget the language of science. – Robert Graves
  9. Two of the cruelest, most primitive punishments our town deals out to those who fall from favor are the empty mailbox and the silent telephone. – Hedda Hopper
  10. Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle. – Norman Mailer
  11. The data which is used to date for making the conclusions and predictions on global warming are so rough and primitive compared to what's needed, and so unreliable that they are not even worth mentioning by respectful scientists. – Gregory W. Moore
  12. I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print. – John Mortimer
  13. The positive testimony of history is that the State invariably had its origin in conquest and confiscation. No primitive State known to history originated in any other manner. – Albert J. Nock
  14. By many peoples' standards, my playing is very primitive but by punk standards, I'm a virtuoso. – Robert Quine
  15. 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. Out here, the needs could get truly primitive – The Planet Strappers by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  2. They wait; unconsciously the primitive instinct is awakened in them. – Essays on Russian Novelists by William Lyon Phelps
  3. 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
  4. We are therefore justified when we see in the Negritos a truly primitive people. – The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes by Tomás de Comyn Fedor Jagor Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow Charles Wilkes
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Therefore, to one's help comes any and every work of the primitive artists. – The Tapestry Book by Helen Churchill Candee
  8. They were very primitive David. – General Max Shorter by Kris Ottman Neville
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. And yet there is strong reason to suspect that this arrangement was not the primitive one. – The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus by G. A. Chadwick
  12. 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
  13. They were all crazed with primitive passion, and were going in. – Long Odds by Harold Bindloss
  14. 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
  15. They were very primitive people in Billingsfield. – A Tale of a Lonely Parish by F. Marion Crawford
  16. And the simple primitive joys ... – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  17. 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
  18. For awhile these primitive folk had looked on in silence. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  19. T. R. has a primitive mind, but one of the most advanced type. – Germany, The Next Republic? by Carl W. Ackerman
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