AskDefine | Define crudeness

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1 a wild or unrefined state [syn: crudity, primitiveness, primitivism, rudeness]
2 an impolite manner that is vulgar and lacking tact or refinement; "the whole town was famous for its crudeness" [syn: crudity, gaucheness]
3 an unpolished unrefined quality; "the crudeness of frontier dwellings depressed her" [syn: roughness]

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  1. The state of being crude
  2. A crude act or characteristic.
    • 1960, Henry Steele Commager, "Is Ivy Necessary?" Saturday Review, vol. 43, 17 Sep., p. 86,
      We will never eliminate the crudenesses, the anti-intellectual rules, the mucker pose in higher education, until we give the universities back to faculty and students.


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