- in a raw or unprepared state; unrefined or natural: crude sugar.
- lacking in intellectual subtlety, perceptivity, etc.; rudimentary; undeveloped.
- lacking finish, polish, or completeness: a crude summary.
- lacking culture, refinement, tact, etc.: crude behavior.
- undisguised; blunt: a crude answer.
- Obsolete. unripe; not mature.
Origin of crude
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Examples from the Web for crudeness
“First, the crudeness of the weapons,” he said, enumerating his reasons.Bin Laden Hunter Philip Mudd Talks About Boston at ‘Manhunt’ Screening
April 17, 2013
Koplitz seizes the opportunity, and diagnoses the crudeness of the outburst as symptoms of “pussy-repellant serial killers.”What Women Comedians Want: Yael Kohen’s ‘We Killed’
October 14, 2012
That equation of crudeness with authenticity has a long pedigree in our culture.Occupy the RNC? What’s Behind Tampa’s Homemade Signs
August 30, 2012
"The crudeness of your ferocity is positively gross, Martin," Mr. Jones said disdainfully.Victory
Crudeness he saw, vulgarity he heard, but Force he felt, and marvelled.The Crisis, Complete
The crudeness of many of these is scarcely to be excelled in any part of the world.Uruguay
W. H. Koebel
Weakness, crudeness, selfishness, speak out their own existence.Atlantic Narratives
I shall not attempt to tone down the crudeness of Hungerford's language.Mrs. Falchion, Complete
- lacking taste, tact, or refinement; vulgara crude joke
- in a natural or unrefined state
- lacking care, knowledge, or skilla crude sketch
- (prenominal) stark; bluntthe crude facts
- (of statistical data) unclassified or unanalysed
- archaic unripe
- short for crude oil
Word Origin and History for crudeness
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.