primitivism

noun prim·i·tiv·ism \ ˈpri-mə-ti-ˌvi-zəm \

Definition of primitivism

1 :primitive practices or procedures; also :a primitive quality or state
2 a :belief in the superiority of a simple way of life close to nature
b :belief in the superiority of nonindustrial society to that of the present
3 :the style of art of primitive peoples or primitive artists

primitivist

play \-vist\ noun or adjective

primitivistic

play \ˌpri-mə-ti-ˈvis-tik\ adjective

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1861


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