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Primitiveness, we must remember, does not depend on antiquity of date.

He accounts for its 'wildness' by its primitiveness; it was blasphemous because savage.

He is a very likable man, and there is little about his primitiveness that is repulsive.

Our object has been to defend the ‘primitiveness of fetichism.’

"One judges the primitiveness of a race by its cultural and technological institutions," Harkaway said, with a lofty smile.

The strong, primitiveness of him was as alien to anything that was in Ruth as if the two had never seen each other before.

In their ordinary life the Bahrein people still retain the primitiveness of the Bedouin.

If it be correct, as I still think it is, it cannot but be fatal to the Arunta claim to primitiveness.

But as is invariably the case in Turkey, close inspection revealed the primitiveness and roughness.

Thus the simplicity of Patrick Henry's habits and tastes might be inferred from the primitiveness of his dwelling.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "of an original cause; of a thing from which something is derived; not secondary" (a sense now associated with primary), from Old French primitif "very first, original" (14c.) and directly from Latin primitivus "first or earliest of its kind," from primitus "at first," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)).

Meaning "of or belonging to the first age" is from early 15c. Meaning "having the style of an early or ancient time" is from 1680s. In Christian sense of "adhering to the qualities of the early Church" it is recorded from 1680s. Of untrained artists from 1942. Related: Primitively.

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