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  • noun Neglect or want of culture or education.

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  • noun Want of culture.

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  • noun Lack of culture.


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  • Now these many poems, before Pisistratus took them in hand, had been in the keeping for perhaps three centuries of wandering minstrels -- Rhapsodoi, Aoidoi, Citharaedi and Homeridae, as they were called -- who drifted about the Isles of Greece and Asiatic mainland during the long period of Greek insignificance and unculture.

    The Crest-Wave of Evolution A Course of Lectures in History, Given to the Graduates' Class in the Raja-Yoga College, Point Loma, in the College-Year 1918-19 Kenneth Morris 1908

  • Outgrown them not because the wages were too high but because their wants were too low; were only wants of the body, wants of the barrenest unculture;

    The Amateur Garden George Washington Cable 1884

  • Without the state, and outside of it, there is no morality proper, but only unculture.

    Christian Ethics. Volume I.���History of Ethics. 1819-1870 1873

  • The inferior position of the female sex in all non-Christian nations is a sign of moral unculture, which even the Greeks did not entirely put off.

    Christian Ethics. Volume II.���Pure Ethics. 1819-1870 1873

  • Man is what he is as a person solely in virtue of moral activity; without this activity he remains in spiritual unculture, and is essentially impersonal.

    Christian Ethics. Volume II.���Pure Ethics. 1819-1870 1873

  • Even as in the features of the countenance, spiritual unculture and spiritual refinement are almost always visibly expressed, so is also the body in its entire being subject to the refining influence of the moral spirit; and this influence ought not to be of a merely mediate and unintended character, as resulting from the unconsciously-ruling potency of the spiritual life in the body, but in fact also of an immediate character.

    Christian Ethics. Volume II.���Pure Ethics. 1819-1870 1873

  • The end of a work of art is not, to be used by the individual, but to be enjoyed and admired universally; and it is properly regarded as a sign of spiritual unculture when a particular age takes delight only in the merely useful, in mere labor, and not also in that which transcends labor, namely, in art, — when the age does not also exalt labor into art.

    Christian Ethics. Volume II.���Pure Ethics. 1819-1870 1873

  • If for a moment we should, with Rousseau, conceive of the first generations of man as in a condition of animal unculture, creeping on all fours, and without speech, then we are utterly unable to learn from any of the champions of this theory in what manner these human-like animals could ever attain to reason and to a moral consciousness.

    Christian Ethics. Volume II.���Pure Ethics. 1819-1870 1873

  • Rudeness and unculture are sinful in every respect, and hence also in respect to the senses.

    Christian Ethics. Volume II.���Pure Ethics. 1819-1870 1873

  • If in addition to this the High School movement should depart from its original conception, that of a temporary community of life between the teachers and the taught, and should, instead of this, resolve itself into a lecture-institution, then the danger arises that what is offered will be disconnected matter, intended for entertainment, and without any basis of real knowledge, something commonly called half-culture which is worse than unculture, and is more properly described as misculture.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau 1894


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