from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being first in time; original; primeval.
- adj. Of first importance; primary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Being the first in time, or history.
- adj. Being of greatest importance; primary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. First; primary; original; chief.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. serving as an essential component
- adj. having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state
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.