One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A modern revival or appreciation of primitive or unsophisticated values, beliefs, styles, etc., especially as a rejection of contemporary influences; (Art, Music, etc.), any of a number of artistic styles characterized by the use of deliberately naive, simple, or ‘primitive’ techniques.
1920s; earliest use found in Isaac Goldberg (1887–1938). From neo- + primitivism.
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