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crudity

[kroo-di-tee]
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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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Examples from the Web for crudity

Historical Examples

  • The airs and graces they assumed did but emphasise their crudity.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • But excuse the audacity and the crudity of my speculations—it only proves my interest.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

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

    Daisy Miller

    Henry James

  • This retreat seemed to him romantic and pleasing, in spite of its crudity.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • The crudity of the method is even regarded as a proof of its morality.


Word Origin and History for crudity

n.

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

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