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Synonyms for primitive
ˈprɪm ɪ tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. primitive, primitive person(noun)

    a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization

    Synonyms:
    primitive person

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

  2. primitive(noun)

    a mathematical expression from which another expression is derived

    Synonyms:
    primitive person

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

  3. primitive(adj)

    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, rude(adj)

    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, primitive(adj)

    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. primitive(adj)

    used of preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial societies

    "primitive societies"

    Synonyms:
    naive, crude, rude, archaic

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

  7. primitive, naive(adj)

    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

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.

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    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. primitive(a.)

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

  2. primitive(a.)

    Synonyms:
    radical, underived

  3. primitive(a.)

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

  4. primitive(a.)

    Synonyms:
    radical, underived

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. primitive(a)

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

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How to use primitive in a sentence?

  1. Anonymous:

    A future with automation is the equivalent as the past with primitive technology. It is the abstract factor that will ruin the utmost ambitions of our families' generations. To combat this 'societal plague' is to combat laziness, similar to defending against our negative mentality.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    I sometimes think that the acronyms BC and BCE probably stand for 'Before Coffee' and 'Before the Coffee Era' respectively, signifying those primitive historic years of underdevelopment. Coffee has strongly contributed to the development of many scientific breakthroughs, inventions, creative arts, and literature, IMHO. So, on National Coffee Day today, here's a Toast to the Roast - light, medium and dark alike: May your Cup of Coffee be just like the Capital of Ireland - always Dublin! Cheers!

  3. Sheila Graham:

    Food is the most primitive form of comfort.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    What is your dream? To be the most famous man in the world? What a stupid dream you have! To conquer the whole world with an army? What a primitive dream you have! To earn millions of dollars? What a greedy dream you have! Question your dreams!

  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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