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.

1860–65; primitive + -ism

primitivist, noun
primitivistic, adjective
unprimitivistic, adjective Unabridged
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primitivism (ˈprɪmɪtɪˌvɪzəm)
1.  the condition of being primitive
2.  the notion that the value of primitive cultures is superior to that of the modern world
3.  the principles, characteristics, etc, of primitive art and artists
n, —adj

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primitivism definition

A style of art that attempts to imitate the art of primitive cultures or of children.

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Example sentences for primitivism
Primitivism is a modern philosophy totally opposed to civilization.
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