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  • adjective Of or pertaining to primitivism.


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  • An alchemist at the easel who transforms her feelings into works of primitivistic power, Ms. Snyder is probably the closest thing we have in Western art to a witchdoctor or shaman.

    The Lady of the Wild Things

  • Her sculptures from the 1940s and 1950s are lumpy and massive; the figures are primitivistic, with thick legs and arms, although the feminine figures are graceful.

    Artists: Yishuv and Israel: 1920-1970.

  • We hope that no matter what miracle invention or abomination to the ears comes along, Mr. Guano will be there to embrace it or ignore it or react with primitivistic paranoia.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • The manifesto shares the title of a Dada publication of two issues, Cannibale, whose lively primitivistic spirit is joined to the Russian Rayonists, with their Why-We-Paint-Our-Faces manifesto against the sophisticated and over-civilized society.

    [Jose] Oswald de [Souza] Andrade

  • Riefenstahl had been accused of glorifying the Nazi regime in films that she made for Hitler during the 1930s, and her book of photographs of the Nuba people was also attacked for what some people believed was a racist, primitivistic portrayal of this ethnic group.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726), provides a convincing example of the pervasiveness of primitivistic concep - tions even though Swift himself was highly mundane and sophisticated.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Though Lucretius 'contemporary Cicero favored antiprimitivism to primitivism, there were certain primitivistic strains which appear in his writings.


  • The main function of these writers in the history of cultural primitivism was to keep alive the idea that it was possible to live in a hard primitivistic fashion and at the same time be virtuous, in fact exemplary in behavior.


  • Early collectors of folklore had been antiquarian hobbyists, recording local survivals, or travelling amateurs, reporting home from primitivistic explorations.


  • His primary doctrines, nevertheless, supported primitivistic suppositions.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas


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