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Synonyms for primitive
ˈprɪm ɪ tɪv

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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.

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. primitive

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

    modern, new-fangled, sophisticated, modish

Princeton's WordNet

  1. primitive, primitive personnoun

    a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization

    primitive person

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

  2. primitivenoun

    a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived

    primitive person

    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"

    primitive person

    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"

    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

    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"

    archaic, naive, antiquated, crude, rude, antediluvian

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

  6. primitiveadjective

    used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies

    "primitive societies"

    naive, crude, rude, archaic

    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"

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. primitiveadjective

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

  2. primitiveadjective

    radical, underived

  3. primitiveadjective

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

  4. primitiveadjective

    radical, underived

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. primitiveadjective

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

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  1. Flavia Tomello Tsialas:

    CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Tsialas said Flavia Tomello Tsialas now hopes Flavia Tomello Tsialas sons death will inspire a cultural change at U.S.universities. I would like to see these deadly traditions and primitive practices be forever removed out of our colleges, so that hazing deaths do not occur in the future, i hope that this tragedy will force schools to create an environment for students to grow not only in knowledge, but also in love, inclusion and compassion.

  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. Professor Auke Ijspeert:

    By decoding this primitive animal what we hope is to also contribute to the understanding of how mammals, including humans, walk. And therefore understanding input and output relationships of the spinal cord.

  4. Arnaldo Zunizakae:

    We won't be able to sow this year's crop. Conventional crops are more costly to store and harder to sell. We'd be pushed back into primitive 20th century agriculture.

  5. John Wayne:

    Don't ever for a minute make the mistake of looking down your nose at westerns. They're art - the good ones, I mean. They deal in life and sudden death and primitive struggle, and with the basic emotions - love, hate, and anger - thrown in. We'll have westerns films as long as the cameras keep turning. The fascination that the Old West has will never die. And as long as people want to pay money to see me act, I'll keep on making westerns until the day I die.

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