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.

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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, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 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, "The Dangerous Confusion of Trump's Celebrity Fans," 23 Apr. 2018 To the ne’er-do-wells who scrawled a racist slur and other crudities on the marble likeness of abolitionist John Brown at the Quindaro ruins: Thank you. Mary Sanchez, kansascity, "Vandals may have defaced John Brown statue, but they can’t scar Quindaro’s significance | The Kansas City Star," 19 Mar. 2018 His bullying — his cruelty, crudity and personal insults — is admired because it is directed at other bullies. Michael Gerson, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump evangelicals have sold their souls," 13 Mar. 2018 The most obvious conclusion is that the regime, for all the crudity of its politics, remains a master of the diplomatic stroke. The Economist, "BanyanDetente on the Korean peninsula is a relief," 15 Feb. 2018 For all of her social-media antics and quotable crudity, Cardi B is not a cartoon. Chris Martins, Billboard, "2017 No. 1s: Cardi B on Her Rise to Hot 100 History," 21 Dec. 2017 And if conservatives don’t stand for good manners and decency, who will? National Review’s founder, William F. Buckley Jr., labored for decades to disassociate conservatism from crudity. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Conservatism vs. crudity, &c.," 18 Sep. 2017 Charlottesville highlights how the problem with Trump is not the crudity of his expression. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Breitbart Presidency," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of crudity

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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