from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being primitive or original; antiquity; conformity to antiquity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being primitive; conformity to primitive style or practice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality or state of being primitive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a wild or unrefined state


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  • Qutb was particularly exercised by what he saw as the "primitiveness" of American values, not least in matters of sex.

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  • For instance, he paused in the middle of reading his argument that archaeological searches for "primitiveness" were useless in the search for origins because all "primitive" cultures represented a decline from a star-going culture.

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  • She accused me, however, of reveling in that primitiveness which is the last resort of the sophisticated -- like the log cabins the city folk fashion for themselves when they get up in the Adirondacks.

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  • a certain "primitiveness" of outline, and a more concentrated style.

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  • I was suddenly struck by the primitiveness of my surroundings, as if this town had stubbornly decided to stay mired in the past.

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  • And we see this principle at work throughout the Bible: the striking contrast between the primitiveness of the poet and the profundity of the poem, between the smallness of the singer and the greatness of the song, between the absence of human sophistication and the presence of divine sophia, divine wisdom.

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  • What I like about it is the struggle, the endeavor .... the primitiveness of it, the realness. '

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  • "What I like about it is the struggle, the endeavor with one's own hands, the primitiveness of it, the realness."


  • Not alone was she solace to his loneliness, but her primitiveness rejuvenated his jaded mind.


  • I had endured them, but I had been too analytic of the faults of their primitiveness, of their almost ferocious devotion to the destiny of sex, to be enchanted with them.



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