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primitivism

[prim-i-ti-viz-uh m] /ˈprɪm ɪ tɪˌvɪz əm/
noun
1.
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.
2.
the state of being primitive:
the primitivism of the Stone Age peoples.
3.
the qualities or style characterizing primitive art.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; primitive + -ism
Related forms
primitivist, noun
primitivistic, adjective
unprimitivistic, adjective
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  • primitivism is a modern philosophy totally opposed to civilization.
British Dictionary definitions for primitivism

primitivism

/ˈprɪmɪtɪˌvɪzəm/
noun
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
Derived Forms
primitivist, noun, adjective
primitivistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for primitivism
n.

1861, from primitive + -ism. Related: Primitivist.

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primitivism in Culture

primitivism definition


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

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