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Synonyms for primitive
ˈprɪm ɪ tɪvprim·i·tive

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. primitive

    Aboriginal (Latin ab, from, origo, origin) signifies pertaining to the aborigines or earliest known inhabitants of a country in the widest sense, including not merely human beings but inferior animals and plants as well. Autochthonic (Greek autos, self, and chthōn, earth) signifies sprung from the earth, especially from the soil of one's native land. Primeval (Latin primum, first, and ævum, age), signifies strictly belonging to the first ages, earliest in time, but often only the earliest of which man knows or conceives, immemorial. Aboriginal, autochthonic, and primeval combine the meanings of ancient and original; aboriginal inhabitants, autochthonic races, primeval forests. Prime and primary may signify either first in time, or more frequently first in importance; primary has also the sense of elementary or preparatory; we speak of a prime minister, a primary school. Primal is chiefly poetic, in the sense of prime; as, the primal curse. Primordial is first in an order of succession or development; as, a primordial leaf. Primitive frequently signifies having the original characteristics of that which it represents, as well as standing first in time; as, the primitive church. Primitive also very frequently signifies having the original or early characteristics without remoteness in time. Primeval simplicity is the simplicity of the earliest ages; primitive simplicity may be found in retired villages now. Pristine is an elegant word, used almost exclusively in a good sense of that which is original and perhaps ancient; as, pristine purity, innocence, vigor. That which is both an original and natural product of a soil or country is said to be indigenous; that which is actually produced there is said to be native, though it may be of foreign extraction; humming-birds are indigenous to America; canaries may be native, but are not indigenous. Immemorial refers solely to time, independently of quality, denoting, in legal phrase, "that whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary;" as, an immemorial custom; an immemorial abuse. Compare OLD.

    Compare synonyms for NEW.

    Synonyms:
    aboriginal, ancient, autochthonic, immemorial, indigenous, native, old, original, patriarchal, primal, primary, prime, primeval, primordial, pristine, uncreated

    Antonyms:
    adventitious, exotic, foreign, fresh, late, modern, new, novel, recent

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. primitive

    Synonyms:
    old-fashioned, primeval, quaint, simple, unsophisticated, archaic, pristine

    Antonyms:
    modern, new-fangled, sophisticated, modish

Princeton's WordNet

  1. primitive, primitive personnoun

    a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization

    Synonyms:
    primitive person

    Antonyms:
    civilised, trained, late, later(a), civilized

  2. primitivenoun

    a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived

    Synonyms:
    primitive person

    Antonyms:
    late, later(a), civilised, trained, civilized

  3. primitiveadjective

    a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms

    "`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived"

    Synonyms:
    primitive person

    Antonyms:
    later(a), civilised, late, trained, civilized

  4. crude, primitive, rudeadjective

    belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness

    "the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man"; "primitive movies of the 1890s"; "primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains"

    Synonyms:
    bad-mannered, ill-bred, rough, yokelish, unrefined, rude, crude(a), underbred, rude(a), vulgar, bounderish, archaic, gross, raw, lowbred, naive, stark(a), earthy, crude, unprocessed, blunt, ill-mannered, unmannered, raw(a), unmannerly, natural, uncivil

    Antonyms:
    late, trained, civilised, later(a), civilized

  5. archaic, primitiveadjective

    little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type

    "archaic forms of life"; "primitive mammals"; "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"

    Synonyms:
    archaic, naive, antiquated, crude, rude, antediluvian

    Antonyms:
    later(a), late, civilised, trained, civilized

  6. primitiveadjective

    used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies

    "primitive societies"

    Synonyms:
    naive, crude, rude, archaic

    Antonyms:
    trained, late, civilized, later(a), civilised

  7. primitive, naiveadjective

    of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style

    "primitive art such as that by Grandma Moses is often colorful and striking"

    Synonyms:
    rude, uninstructed, uninitiate, unenlightened, naive, archaic, uninitiated, crude, naif

    Antonyms:
    later(a), trained, late, civilised, civilized

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. primitiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    primeval, primal, prime, primordial, original, aboriginal, pristine, primary, first

  2. primitiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    radical, underived

  3. primitiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    original, primeval, primal, primordial, aboriginal, prime, primary pristine, first

  4. primitiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    radical, underived

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. primitiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    pristine, primordial, primeval, primal, antique, quaint, old-fashioned, original, radical, primary

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How to use primitive in a sentence?

  1. Yohannes Haile-Selassie:

    What we see in the new cranium is like a primitive face.

  2. Anandabai Joshee:

    Had there been no difficulties and no thorns in the way, then man would have been in his primitive state and no progress made in civilisation and mental culture.

  3. Aleksander Klaskovskii:

    The Belarusian authorities are not so primitive. They are not Internet-phobic. Lukashenko is a rational person, revolutions do not occur due to the fact that someone writes something on the Internet.

  4. Boris Sauterey:

    Could Mars still be inhabited today by micro-organisms descending from this primitive biosphere? if so, where?

  5. Andres Meira:

    Until you live in one of these places you don't really understand the primitive fear of earthquakes, there are times when you can't sleep and sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night and make sure things aren't moving.


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