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  • n. Plural form of primitive.


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  • Perhaps he could save those old pitchforks, which he referred to as primitives and I referred to as kindling.

    Berks county news

  • Luckily we can form a notion of the Penguin primitives from the Italian, Flemish, and Dutch primitives, and from the French primitives, who are superior to all the rest; as M. Gruyer tell us they are more logical, logic being a peculiarly

    Penguin Island

  • Luckily we can form a notion of the Penguin primitives from the Italian,

    Penguin Island

  • Having the Na’vi be way beyond us when initially appearing to be harmless primitives is also another fairly standard SciFi narrative device.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Just got back from Avatar.

  • Even if they’re a post-toolmaking society, anybody with interest enough in primitives like us to make first contact would seem likely to know “things which intelligent primitives ought to know to even be worth bothering with.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Good Tips in Case You Find Yourself Being the Person Who Makes First Contact with Intelligent Extraterrestrials

  • There's no pyramid that conveniently places Victorian England at the apex and descends down the flanks to the so-called primitives of the world.

    Wade Davis on the worldwide web of belief and ritual

  • What is most remarkable, in fact, is the degree of sophistication with which these so-called primitives are able to manipulate the human mind through the selective application of intoxicating alkaloids.

    Over the Edge

  • Anthropologists must be willing to testify in behalf of the oppressed peoples of the world, including those whom we professionally define as primitives and peasants.

    A Special Supplement: Anthropology on the Warpath in Thailand

  • With the artists who might be called primitives we have almost finished in the end of the Fifteenth Century.

    The Tapestry Book

  • The implication of Lévi-Bruhl and Jung's theories is that so-called primitives were psychologically closer than moderns to otherworldly spirits, powers, demons, and so on. - Think Free


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