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[kroo-di-tee] /ˈkru dɪ ti/
noun, plural crudities for 2.
the state or quality of being crude.
something crude.
Origin of crudity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English crudite < Latin crūditās. See crude, -ity
Related forms
uncrudity, noun, plural uncrudities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Even Uncle Peter, whom he had come warmly to admire, jarred upon him with his crudity and his Western assertiveness.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The airs and graces they assumed did but emphasise their crudity.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • "As a matter of fact," she went on, "he—we——" she hated the crudity of the statement.

    Mount Music E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • But excuse the audacity and the crudity of my speculations—it only proves my interest.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
  • An idea which has any life in it seems like a crudity, so accustomed are they to colourless expression.

  • She seemed to him, in all this, an extraordinary mixture of innocence and crudity.

    Daisy Miller Henry James
  • Hernndez softened the crudity or the realist school to which he belonged by depicting nobility of face and bearing.

    Heroic Spain Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • It strikes you as the crudity of a race not quite civilized.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
  • Vitiated as it may be by crudity and incoherency, it has at any rate the freshness of a great emotion.

  • And this faith, in all its crudity, exists at the present day.

Word Origin and History for crudity

early 14c., from Middle French crudité (14c.) and directly from Latin cruditatem (nominative cruditas), from crudus (see crude).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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