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 Or perhaps Trump’s twitter crudity is shocking given the sober comportment of his current would-be presidential opponents. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump — or What, Exactly?," 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, "The Trump campaign held a Halloween ‘Witch Hunt Party’ and tortured a metaphor to death," 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, "Trump — or What, Exactly?," 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, "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

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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. 2020.

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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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