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 Meanings and Examples of PRIMITIVE
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 a.  belonging to an early stage; simple or naive in style; primeval
Classic Sentence: (18 in 2 pages)
1  The shades, those sombre hatchers of primitive Christianity, only awaited an opportunity to bring about an explosion under the Caesars and to inundate the human race with light.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER I—MINES AND MINERS
2  To paint with words, which contains figures one knows not how or why, is the primitive foundation of all human languages, what may be called their granite.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER II—ROOTS
3  Sometimes, in proportion as slang progresses from the first epoch to the second, words pass from the primitive and savage sense to the metaphorical sense.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER II—ROOTS
4  The cesspool no longer retains anything of its primitive ferocity.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
5  The love with which his young wife had inspired him was a secondary sentiment, and was not strong enough to contend with the primitive feelings we have just enumerated.
The Three Musketeers By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In 13 MONSIEUR BONACIEUX
6  There were apples, yams, peanuts and milk on the table at Tara but never enough of even this primitive fare.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXV
7  The transaction had justified itself by its results: she saw now how absurd it would have been to let any primitive scruple deprive her of this easy means of appeasing her creditors.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: Chapter 8
8  Trenor's face darkened to rage: her recoil of abhorrence had called out the primitive man.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: Chapter 13
9  For from the Chautauqua itself she got nothing but wind and chaff and heavy laughter, the laughter of yokels at old jokes, a mirthless and primitive sound like the cries of beasts on a farm.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XIX
10  They were never vulgar, never immoral, but rather rough and primitive, with an unconventionality that spent itself in loud guffaws, slaps on the back, and naps in the corner.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois
Context  Highlight   In IV
11  The Sea Islands of the Carolinas, where they met, were filled with a black folk of primitive type, touched and moulded less by the world about them than any others outside the Black Belt.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois
Context  Highlight   In XIV
12  Like all primitive folk, the slave stood near to Nature's heart.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois
Context  Highlight   In XIV
13  At first the cooking was done out-of-doors, in the old-fashioned, primitive style, in pots and skillets placed over a fire.
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography By Booker T. Washington
Context  Highlight   In Chapter X.
14  The arguments, the discussions were the great thing: the love-making and connexion were only a sort of primitive reversion and a bit of an anti-climax.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 1
15  We seem to want the oldest and simplest human clothing where the clothing of the earth is so primitive.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: 1 A Face on Which Time Makes but Little Impression
Example Sentence:
1  Some scientists believe that comets hold the most primitive materials in the solar system and that they played a role in shaping some of the planets.
2  Her studies of the primitive art forms of the aboriginal Indians were widely reported in the scientific journals.
3  The tribe's main economy is primitive agriculture and its wealth is sometimes counted in people as well as animals.
4  Scientists hope Contour will visit at least two comets, providing the first detailed look at the differences between these primitive building blocks of the Solar System.
5  In many primitive tribes, the leader and lawmaker was the patriarch.
6  Canadian politicians have been in capable of ending this primitive practice.
7  A stretch of firm sands forms a primitive highway for the heavily-laden wagons to freight from the harbor to the town.
8  The plow is a long beam with a most primitive share in the middle, a cow at one end, and a boy at the other.
9  The African countries hoped to civilize all the primitive tribes on the land.
10  They built a primitive shelter out of tree trunks.
11  Conditions at the camp are very primitive.
12  The tribe's development was more primitive than that of their neighbours.
13  Latin America is a world where primitive ways of life exist near ultra-modern cities.
14  The paradox is that the region's most dynamic economies have the most primitive financial systems.
15  It is a primitive instinct to flee a place of danger.