a recurrent theory or belief, as in philosophy or art, that the qualities of primitive or chronologically early cultures are superior to those of contemporary civilization. the state of being primitive: the primitivism of the Stone Age peoples. the qualities or style characterizing primitive art.
Related formsprim·i·tiv·ist, nounprim·i·tiv·is·tic, adjectiveun·prim·i·tiv·is·tic, adjective
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And this theory is the excuse for all the attempts at primitivism of which we have lately seen so much.
In an age when a fog of dreary sameness comes over all the civilised world, the Balkans have a great asset in their primitivism.
A land of hills, of black forests and shining rivers; a land uncultivated but rich in promise, magnificent in its primitivism.
British Dictionary definitions for primitivism
Derived Formsprimitivist, noun, adjectiveprimitivistic, adjective
the condition of being primitive
the notion that the value of primitive cultures is superior to that of the modern world
the principles, characteristics, etc, of primitive art and artists
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Word Origin and History for primitivism
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A style of art that attempts to imitate the art of primitive cultures or of children.
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