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The primal impulse of vice and sin is a short cut to happiness.

She trusted all the primal instincts without knowing she trusted them.

And that must mean that Laotsze was that very same Yellow Ancient of primal days.

We see, then, that the primal ground of inferiority in these pleasures 5.

The primal laws do not take into account our ideas of respectability.

The higher order can come only by getting back to primal laws.

Good or bad, a man must be a man in the primal sense, dominant, savage and enduring.

The hatchet, the saw, and the plane are the three primal implements of the carpenter.

Have you seen the primal dew ere the sun has lipped the pearl?

The mass of men live not by logic, but by primal instincts and passions.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, "belonging to the earliest age," from Medieval Latin primalis "primary," from Latin primus "first" (see prime (adj.)). Psychological sense, in reference to Freud's theory of behaviors springing from the earliest stage of emotional development, is attested from 1918. Primal scream is from a best-selling book of 1971.

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