from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not cultured; coarse.

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  • adj. Uncultivated, wild.
  • adj. Rough, unrefined.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Untilled; uncultivated; crude; rude; uncivilized.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Untilled; uncultivated; wild; hence, unpolished; unrefined; rude, as style.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin incultus : in-, not; see in-1 + cultus, past participle of colere, to till, cultivate; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin incultus.


  • Germany then, saith Tacitus, was incult and horrid, now full of magnificent cities: Athens, Corinth, Carthage, how flourishing cities, now buried in their own ruins!

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Massinissa made many inward parts of Barbary and Numidia in Africa, before his time incult and horrid, fruitful and bartable by this means.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • To shut up all in brief, where good government is, prudent and wise princes, there all things thrive and prosper, peace and happiness is in that land: where it is otherwise, all things are ugly to behold, incult, barbarous, uncivil, a paradise is turned to a wilderness.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Patricia Reynaud only teaching French for freshmen and specialist of nothing and her boyfriend Fabbri are incult and pretentious asses who play the gurus.

    Introducing Jean Biès

  • Here is raw life, lusty, full of rude beauty, but utterly incult.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878

  • Rude phrase of the country, summing up in two words all the heartbreaking labour that transforms the incult woods, barren of sustenance, to smiling fields, ploughed and sown.

    Maria Chapdelaine; a Tale of the Lake St. John country

  • Vernon, the fact that there exist in Latin a few pitiful rules of grammar, of syntax, nay, even of declension, which were not created for your incult sport -- your Boeotian diversion.

    A Diversity of Creatures

  • 'You .... hold! 'he growled at it masterfully, in the incult tangle of his white beard.

    The Nigger of the Narcissus

  • The curiosity of the Middle Ages was great; their literary faculty, though somewhat incult and infantine, was great likewise: and there were such enormous gaps in their positive knowledge that the sharp sense of division between the certain, the uncertain, and the demonstrably false, which has grown up later, could hardly exist.

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory (Periods of European Literature, vol. II)

  • We shall have to content ourselves with a description of the general lines and groups, which may be said to be four in number: (1) The few unimportant and failing followers of Sackville; (2) The miscellaneous farce-and-interlude-writers, who, incult and formless as their work was, at least maintained the literary tradition; (3) The important and most interesting group of

    A History of Elizabethan Literature


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  • Yet father had not been an incult sort of a man. On the contrary, if he was burly and determined, he was quiet. And sensitive.

    - Ford Madox Ford, The Last Post

    March 12, 2008