- of or relating to the first age or ages, especially of the world: primeval forms of life.
Origin of primeval
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primary, primordial, pristine. See prime.
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Examples from the Web for primeval
The landscape here, like all of Iceland, has a primeval majesty.Want to Write a Book? Go to Iceland
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The longing for a product that we have not yet experienced strikes some primeval need, particularly in Americans.‘A Lifetime of Experience’ May Hinder Hillary Clinton in 2016
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In the heart of a primeval forest we could not feel more alone.In the Heart of Vosges
Or would the planet revert to a primeval state of mindless innocence?The Most Sentimental Man
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Indeed, at that time the settlements had not reached into this then primeval wilderness.
For these giants of the primeval forest he ever had a loving admiration.
It brought Pedro in with an extraordinary, uncouth, primeval impetuosity.Victory
- of or belonging to the first age or ages, esp of the world
C17: from Latin prīmaevus youthful, from prīmus first + aevum age
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Word Origin and History for primeval
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