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adjective, crud·er, crud·est.
  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.
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  1. crude oil.
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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


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1. See raw.


1, 4. refined.
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Examples from the Web for crudeness

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Historical Examples

  • "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.

    The Crisis, Complete

    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


  1. lacking taste, tact, or refinement; vulgara crude joke
  2. in a natural or unrefined state
  3. lacking care, knowledge, or skilla crude sketch
  4. (prenominal) stark; bluntthe crude facts
  5. (of statistical data) unclassified or unanalysed
  6. archaic unripe
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  1. short for crude oil
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Derived Formscrudely, adverbcrudity or crudeness, noun

Word Origin

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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