adjective, crud·er, crud·est.


Origin of crude

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin crūdus uncooked, raw, bleeding, rough, akin to cruor blood from a wound; see raw
Related formscrude·ly, adverbcrude·ness, nounun·crude, adjectiveun·crude·ly, adverbun·crude·ness, noun

Synonyms for crude

Synonym study

1. See raw.

Antonyms for crude

1, 4. refined. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crudeness

Contemporary Examples of crudeness

Historical Examples of crudeness

  • "The crudeness of your ferocity is positively gross, Martin," Mr. Jones said disdainfully.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Crudeness he saw, vulgarity he heard, but Force he felt, and marvelled.

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    Winston Churchill

  • The crudeness of many of these is scarcely to be excelled in any part of the world.


    W. H. Koebel

  • Weakness, crudeness, selfishness, speak out their own existence.

  • I shall not attempt to tone down the crudeness of Hungerford's language.

British Dictionary definitions for crudeness



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
Derived Formscrudely, adverbcrudity or crudeness, noun

Word Origin for crude

C14: from Latin crūdus bloody, raw; related to Latin cruor blood
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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.

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