American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Primary; first in time, order, or importance; original; primitive.
- [capitalized] In geology, the earliest of H. D. Rogers's divisions of the Paleozoic series of Pennsylvania, equivalent to the Potsdam sandstone of the New York Survey.
- In natural history, specifically, of or pertaining to the kingdom Primalia. Synonyms Prime, etc. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. First; primary; original; chief.
- adj. serving as an essential component
- adj. having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state
- From Medieval Latin primalis, from primus, first. (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin prīmālis, from Latin prīmus, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I like using the term primal scream in advocating the end of homelessness, because it instills a sense of desperation in an economic system that is sadly spewing out homelessness in cities around the world.”
“But here we may be questioned about these numbers which we describe as the primal and authentic:”
“There's a mental picture for you - Ahmadinejad in primal scream therapy with Lindsay Lohan. paschendale191 …”
“Humans have twin primal urges: to fear change for themselves yet want it for others.”
“She could comprehend certain primal and analogous characteristics in a hungry wolf-dog or a starving man, and predicate lines of action to be pursued by either under like conditions.”
“She hadn't told me any of that, but apparently, my intuition was spot on because at that point Joanne curled up in a ball and started sobbing uncontrollably and nearly dry heaving in what I can best describe as primal agony.”
“So that when we come to look at liberalism in a critical spirit, we have to expect that there will be a discrepancy between what I have called the primal imagination of liberalism and its present particular imagination.”
“In the last years, the death of argument within the Republican Party -- the attempted enforcement of orthodoxy, defined as a primal form of loyalty to presidential will -- has cost it and the country dearly.”
“This poetic rumination draws a more nuanced conception of women's rights into an idea that might be described as the primal theme of Godard's 60s work: the mutual destruction that exists between men and women, especially in love.”
“Perhaps the pain of clowns is a little more primal, which is one good reason for people who work in comedy to give clowns a pass.”
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