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crude

[krood] /krud/
adjective, cruder, crudest.
1.
in a raw or unprepared state; unrefined or natural:
crude sugar.
2.
lacking in intellectual subtlety, perceptivity, etc.; rudimentary; undeveloped.
3.
lacking finish, polish, or completeness:
a crude summary.
4.
lacking culture, refinement, tact, etc.:
crude behavior.
5.
undisguised; blunt:
a crude answer.
6.
Obsolete. unripe; not mature.
noun
7.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin crūdus uncooked, raw, bleeding, rough, akin to cruor blood from a wound; see raw
Related forms
crudely, adverb
crudeness, noun
uncrude, adjective
uncrudely, adverb
uncrudeness, noun
Synonyms
1. unfinished, coarse. See raw. 4. uncouth, rough, rude, coarse, clumsy.
Antonyms
1, 4. refined.
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Examples from the web for crude
  • The usual chemical process involves making succinic acid from crude oil or natural gas.
  • Canadians make the mistake of burning a premium fuel, natural gas, to endothermically refine heavy crude oil.
  • As an engineer, he was also aware oil drills suck up natural gas with crude.
  • Correspondents are right that it has nothing to do with what they learn at university or anything as crude as ability or merit.
  • Here's a really crude example that may not be helpful at all.
  • His particular emotions may be simple, or crude, or flat.
  • But crude prices have surged in the past decade, and the world's largest energy corporations are thirsty for more oil.
  • Population density is of course a crude indicator of human and economic activity.
  • Then again, the talented tenth of a tenth could also embrace crude rent-seeking, leaving the economy in ruins.
  • Nobody was making crude jokes or bragging about the latest run-in with the hood rats.
British Dictionary definitions for crude

crude

/kruːd/
adjective
1.
lacking taste, tact, or refinement; vulgar: a crude joke
2.
in a natural or unrefined state
3.
lacking care, knowledge, or skill: a crude sketch
4.
(prenominal) stark; blunt: the crude facts
5.
(of statistical data) unclassified or unanalysed
6.
(archaic) unripe
noun
7.
short for crude oil
Derived Forms
crudely, adverb
crudity, crudeness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin crūdus bloody, raw; related to Latin cruor blood
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Word Origin and History for crude
adj.

late 14c., "in a raw state," from Latin crudus "rough; not cooked, raw, bloody," from PIE *krue-do-, from PIE *kreue- (1) "raw flesh" (see raw). Meaning "lacking grace" is first attested 1640s. Related: Crudely; crudeness. Crude oil is from 1865.

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