Definition of crudity in English:

crudity

noun

mass noun
  • 1The quality of being rudimentary or makeshift; primitiveness.

    ‘he criticises the crudity of design’
    • ‘Sinaisky lets it rip, wallowing in the graphic crudity of the score.’
    • ‘For Vasari, his was the first, albeit embryonic, attempt to shake off the supposed crudity of medieval style and begin the long march to a fully achieved Renaissance.’
    • ‘In this way he strove to explain away the crudities of the literal narrative.’
    • ‘My pinhole films have the roughness, the crudity of early photographs and films.’
    • ‘He maintained, however, that the very "crudity" of the old methods, involving magnetic tape, razor blades and endless copying, made for greater imaginative effort.’
    • ‘Marion Price said she was perplexed by the crudity of the approach.’
    • ‘And will Adam forsake cultured Europe for the crudities of America, taking his treasures and his sulky wife with him to exhibit (both) in a huge purpose-built art museum?’
    • ‘Affluence also creates an ever-growing class of well-off consumers, many of whom seek to emulate the crudities of consumption of the elites.’
    • ‘Simplicity, however, does not mean crudity, does not mean absence of art.’
    • ‘The ex-slave would often apologize to the reader for the relative crudity of his text as a work of literature.’
    primitiveness, simplicity, oversimplicity, roughness, inaccuracy
    vulgarity, rudeness, suggestiveness, raciness, earthiness, bawdiness, blueness, smuttiness, smut, lewdness, salaciousness, licentiousness, ribaldry, seaminess, dirtiness, filthiness, dirt, filth, boorishness, coarseness, uncouthness, indecency, obscenity, indelicacy, crassness, tastelessness, offensiveness
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  • 2The quality of being offensively coarse or rude; vulgarity.

    ‘the crudity of the language’
    • ‘The statement is remarkable for the crudity of its apologetics for the Pacifica management.’
    • ‘It's good, old-fashioned family humour with no crudity or violence.’
    • ‘Mrs. Bennet, with her crudities and bullying and toadying, had caused the young men to flee in terror.’
    • ‘Thin happens to be the dividing line between comedy and crudity.’
    • ‘A 1990s flat-share sitcom which, in its tales of the sexual adventures and misadventures of three twenty-somethings living under the same roof, featured more than a dash of crudity.’
    • ‘In all of the stories, he expunged crudities and added gallant prose.’
    • ‘The meeting is brief and frightening - charged with intelligence and crudity.’
    • ‘That ghastly crudity of seeing in sex nothing but a functional act and a certain fumbling with clothes is, in my opinion, a low degree of barbarism, savagery.’
    • ‘The visual language of the adaptation is at first glance straightforward almost to the point of crudity.’
    • ‘The reward is tremendous weight and presence; the downside emotional crudity.’
    • ‘Oddly, or perhaps not, it was females who were lapping up the gratuitous crudity more than men.’
    • ‘Following the herd, as the media advise, would lead me to applaud childish petulance, crudity, and bad manners.’
    • ‘But none of it is really funny, and the crudity is now very dull.’
    • ‘Of course, no one would actually argue with such crudity, but there is a kind of discourse that can come perilously close to adopting that caricature attitude.’
    • ‘Its advantage is its directness, its disadvantage its crudity.’
    • ‘Whichever way you look at it the show is overwhelming - and part of the reason is that it is frank beyond the point of crudity.’
    • ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say, but so are ugliness, crudity and complete bewilderment.’
    • ‘The single most important thing is for Latham not to back down or revert to crudity.’
    • ‘I hoped there were not too many other factors for I was already strongly attracted to him in spite of his recent crudity.’
    • ‘The words take on unique cadence, delivering precise and sophisticated concepts with roundabout crudity.’
    vulgarity, rudeness, suggestiveness, raciness, earthiness, bawdiness, blueness, smuttiness, smut, lewdness, salaciousness, licentiousness, ribaldry, seaminess, dirtiness, filthiness, dirt, filth, boorishness, coarseness, uncouthness, indecency, obscenity, indelicacy, crassness, tastelessness, offensiveness
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Pronunciation

crudity

/ˈkruːdɪti/