Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being crude.
  • n. A crude act or characteristic.
  • n. Indigestion; undigested food in the stomach; badly-concocted humours.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition of being crude; rawness.
  • n. That which is in a crude or undigested state; hence, superficial, undigested views, not reduced to order or form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or state of being crude, in any sense of that word.
  • n. Indigestion.
  • n. That which is crude; something in a rough, unprepared, or undigested state: as, the crudities of an untrained imagination.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an impolite manner that is vulgar and lacking tact or refinement
  • n. a wild or unrefined state

Etymologies

From Middle French crudité, from Latin crūditās. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Any civilized man recoils from crude behavior toward the symbols of any religion, but our legal system long ago decided that enduring crudity is better than giving the police a mandate to punish intrinsically religious offenses.

    Stromata Blog:

  • But crudity is only the hallmark of those that have hijacked the conservative movement.

    Balkinization

  • One is only looking for an order of magnitude answer, comparable in crudity to the back-of-the-envelope calculations of early cosmologists, but our biological friends tell us, without any apparent anxiety, that it just can't be done.

    Courting the Theists

  • But beneath the crudity is a coming-of-age story that's strangely heartwarming.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Lincoln's "crudity" was democratic; Davis '"culture" was aristocratic -- nor is it to be denied that Davis had "aristocratic" views on government [1329].

    Great Britain and the American Civil War

  • The too palpable intruders from a spiritual world in almost all ghost literature, in Scott and Shakespeare even, have a kind of crudity or coarseness.

    Appreciations, with an Essay on Style

  • Friedrich Engels, who fancied himself a champion of the workingman, regarded the Irish immigrant to Great Britain as having a "crudity" that "places him little above the savage."

    The Right Coast

  • a flame fed overmuch with experience, with sophistication, grown cold under the ministrations of adroitness, and lighted now by the "crudity" of John's love-making.

    Lady Baltimore

  • I’m all for disdaining conformity, but one needn’t be an insulting jackass in order to do it, nor throw this kind of crudity into a serious discussion.

    Proof by ostention

  • It's deliberate crudity, bullying language designed to inflict discomfort in a woman.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Angering a Key Constituency: Women Leaders Ask the President to Fire Alan Simpson

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