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noun, plural cru·di·ties for 2.
  1. the state or quality of being crude.
  2. something crude.
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Origin of crudity

1375–1425; late Middle English crudite < Latin crūditās. See crude, -ity
Related formsun·cru·di·ty, noun, plural un·cru·di·ties.
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Related Words for crudities

drunkenness, impropriety, disrespect, profanity, obscenity, coarseness, grossness, licentiousness, impurity, outrageousness, indelicacy, evil, indecorum, incivility, ribaldry, offense, pornography, lewdness, foulness, bawdiness

Examples from the Web for crudities

Historical Examples of crudities

  • Here it is, with all its crudities and imperfections on its head.

    The Letters of Robert Burns

    Robert Burns

  • Nearer at hand, his pink face repelled one by its crudities.

    The Man Who Knew

    Edgar Wallace

  • He believed that a new spirit dwelt there, expelling the crudities of youth.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • They have all the absurdities and crudities of mere individualism.

    Adrienne Toner

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • Of course, she said, a little deprecatingly, there are crudities.

Word Origin and History for crudities



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

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