Definition of primitivism
1 : primitive practices or procedures; also : a primitive quality or state
2a : belief in the superiority of a simple way of life close to natureb : belief in the superiority of nonindustrial society to that of the present
3 : the style of art of primitive peoples or primitive artists
primitivistplay \-vist\ noun or adjective
primitivisticplay \ˌpri-mə-ti-ˈvis-tik\ adjective
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This and the political and military primitivism of some adversaries (e.g., the Islamic State) are reshaping the environment in which airpower operates, and the purposes of this power.
A lot of students learn about history through art, and the narrative of anything related to Africa and Polynesia and indigenous America is still laden with this notion of primitivism.
Curtis, meanwhile, was inclined to invent scenarios, expunging inconvenient details in order to emphasize a concept of primitivism.
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