cru·​di·​ty | \ ˈkrü-də-tē How to pronounce crudity (audio) \
plural crudities

Definition of crudity

1 : the quality or state of being crude
2 : something that is crude

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Examples of crudity in a Sentence

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 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 Kathleen is relentlessly animated and quick-witted, with thick tangerine hair, steely eyes, and an endearing personal idiolect that suggests both an autodidactic reading in philosophy and economics and the gusty crudity of the merchant marine. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, 18 June 2018 On some level, then, Twain and West appear intrigued by Trump for exactly the same reason: the way his rhetorical crudity innovates on previous political styles. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of crudity

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crudity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crudity

: the quality or state of being crude
: something that is crude

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