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crude

[krood] /krud/
adjective, cruder, crudest.
1.
in a raw or unprepared state; unrefined or natural:
crude sugar.
2.
lacking in intellectual subtlety, perceptivity, etc.; rudimentary; undeveloped.
3.
lacking finish, polish, or completeness:
a crude summary.
4.
lacking culture, refinement, tact, etc.:
crude behavior.
5.
undisguised; blunt:
a crude answer.
6.
Obsolete. unripe; not mature.
noun
7.
Origin of crude
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin crūdus uncooked, raw, bleeding, rough, akin to cruor blood from a wound; see raw
Related forms
crudely, adverb
crudeness, noun
uncrude, adjective
uncrudely, adverb
uncrudeness, noun
Synonyms
1. unfinished, coarse. 4. uncouth, rough, rude, coarse, clumsy.
Antonyms
1, 4. refined.
Synonym Study
1. See raw.
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Examples from the Web for crude
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  • To the adventurer from New York they seem always new and crude.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It was Burke who offered a diversion, a crude interruption after his own fashion.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Scarification, with other crude penances, has now been superseded by benefaction.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • They spoke English, and, after a fashion, reasoned in a crude sort of way.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • It had required Sam's reference to gas and crude oil to close the circuit.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for crude

crude

/kruːd/
adjective
1.
lacking taste, tact, or refinement; vulgar: a crude joke
2.
in a natural or unrefined state
3.
lacking care, knowledge, or skill: a crude sketch
4.
(prenominal) stark; blunt: the crude facts
5.
(of statistical data) unclassified or unanalysed
6.
(archaic) unripe
noun
7.
short for crude oil
Derived Forms
crudely, adverb
crudity, crudeness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin crūdus bloody, raw; related to Latin cruor blood
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Word Origin and History for crude
adj.

late 14c., "in a raw state," from Latin crudus "rough; not cooked, raw, bloody," from PIE *krue-do-, from PIE *kreue- (1) "raw flesh" (see raw). Meaning "lacking grace" is first attested 1640s. Related: Crudely; crudeness. Crude oil is from 1865.

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