Synonyms of primitive in English:

primitive


See definition of primitive

adjective

1‘primitive times’

SYNONYMS

ancient, earliest, first, prehistoric, antediluvian, antique, primordial, primeval, primal, primary, lower, original, proto-, ur-

aboriginal, indigenous

rare autochthonous, autochthonic, primigenial

ANTONYMS

modern, recent, developed

2‘idealization of the way of life of primitive peoples must be avoided’

SYNONYMS

preliterate, non-industrial

simple, unsophisticated

ANTONYMS

advanced, literate, industrial

3‘the quarrier worked with primitive tools’

SYNONYMS

crude, simple, rough, basic, elementary, rough-hewn, rudimentary, undeveloped, unrefined, unsophisticated, rude, rough and ready, makeshift

old-fashioned, obsolete, archaic

ANTONYMS

sophisticated, advanced

4‘primitive art’

SYNONYMS

simple, natural, unsophisticated, naive, unaffected, undeveloped, childlike, innocent, artless, unpretentious

untaught, untrained, untutored

ANTONYMS

sophisticated, refined