crudity

noun

cru·​di·​ty ˈkrü-də-tē How to pronounce crudity (audio)
plural crudities
1
: the quality or state of being crude
2
: something that is crude

Example Sentences

the crudity of the drawing The movie's crudities were supposed to be funny, but they didn't make me laugh.
Recent Examples on the Web The crudity of superficial intimacy would make what goes on between them inconsequential. Marisa Silver, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2022 During scenes at the duke’s palace, Rigoletto’s sneering crudity barely masked his hatred for the court. New York Times, 2 Jan. 2022 Today’s targeting of successful Asian-American kids lacks the crudity of a Jim Crow lunch counter or a whites-only drinking fountain. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 12 July 2021 In writing this movie Stone was driven by both the self-gratification of indulging his contempt for America and his attraction to sordid crudity. Kyle Smith, National Review, 6 Mar. 2021 All traces of sportscar crudity have been filtered out. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 27 Nov. 2020 Or perhaps Trump’s twitter crudity is shocking given the sober comportment of his current would-be presidential opponents. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 27 Aug. 2019 The crowd listed toward retirement age; Instead of candy, there were tables of fruit and crudities, and a cash bar. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2019 The progressive party, many past presidents, the media, and Hollywood didn’t need to be schooled by Donald Trump on the arts of crudity, unprofessionalism, and unethical behavior. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 27 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crudity was in 1547

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“Crudity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crudity. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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crudity

noun

cru·​di·​ty ˈkrüd-ət-ē How to pronounce crudity (audio)
plural crudities
1
: the quality or state of being crude
2
: something that is crude

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