Definition of primitivist in English:


adjective & noun

  • See primitivism

    • ‘John Fahey, the pioneering primitivist of the folk-blues guitar, died two years ago, at 60, and on these, his final recordings, he seems to have been searching for some sort of resolution.’
    • ‘Once admired by scholars, critics, and students primarily for its primitivist appeal, ledger art is also a bridge between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that conveys notions of change and continuity.’
    • ‘The music from the African part of the program has so far made me a little uncomfortable, because it is so loaded with primitivist stereotypes, and so ‘big’ and theatrical.’
    • ‘Wheen writes of an ‘incongruous coalition of postmodernists and primitivists, New Age and Old Testament’, the leaders of which have been ‘remarkably effective over the past quarter-century’.’
    • ‘The problem of primitivist thinking is doubly evident in Pearson's book, where hunting and gathering peoples, past or present, are discussed as ‘primitive’ and ‘ancient’ cultures.’