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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. See raw. 4. uncouth, rough, rude, coarse, clumsy.
Antonyms
1, 4. refined.
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  • The cruder forms of the a priori view have been made quite untenable by the modern mathematical discoveries.

  • This cruder belief is more familiar in the folklore of Europe than the other.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • Many golfers are acquainted with this test, and employ it in a cruder and less decisive form by floating the ball in water.

  • Had someone of cruder mold undertaken to discover her secret?

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • But this control may lose its cruder aspect and may be waged in the realm of motive.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • They were of a cheaper, a slightly more sensual and cruder, grade.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • This theory, as developed by Marx, not in its cruder forms, is one of the cardinal principles in Socialist economic theory.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • In the cruder form used in democracies there were two or more candidates.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
British Dictionary definitions for cruder

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 cruder

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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