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rude

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of rude

  1. 1 hastily or roughly constructed a rude shelter built from unfinished logs by some forgotten pioneer Synonyms of rude artless, clumsy, crude, jerry-built, jerry-rigged, jury-rigged, rough, rough-and-ready, rough-and-tumble, rough-hewn, unrefined Words Related to rude defective, faulty, flawed, imperfect; imprecise, inexact; inartistic, undressed, unfinished, unpolished, unworked; amateur, amateurish, inexpert, unprofessional, unskilled, unskillful; primitive, rudimentary; unshaped, unshapen Near Antonyms of rude faultless, finished, flawless, meticulous, perfect, perfected, polished, well-done; adept, adroit, dexterous (also dextrous), expert, masterful, masterly, neat, practiced (also practised), skillful, workmanlike; artful, artistic, sophisticated; exact, precise Antonyms of rude refined

  2. 2 belonging to or characteristic of an early level of skill or development rude stone tools Synonyms of rude crude, low, primitive, rudimentaryWords Related to rude basic, simple, uncomplicated; homely, homespun, unsophisticated; early, embryonic, primeval, primordial; backward, underdeveloped, undeveloped; aged, ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, dated, fusty, hoary, musty, obsolete, old, oldfangled, old-fashioned, old-time, out-of-date, outworn, passé, past, quaint, unmodernizedNear Antonyms of rude complex, complicated, intricate, involved, sophisticated; full-blown, grown, mature, matured, perfected, ripe, ripened; civilized, cultivated, enlightened, refined; contemporary, current, latest, mod, modern, modernistic, new, newfangled, new-fashioned, novel, now, present-day, space-age, state-of-the-art, supermodern, ultramodern, up-to-dateAntonyms of rude advanced, developed, evolved, high, higher, late

  3. 3 lacking in refinement or good taste a comedian who uses a lot of rude language in his nightclub act Synonyms of rude common, crass, crude, gross, ill-bred, illiberal [archaic], incult, insensible, low, lowbred, lowbrow, raffish, rough, rough-hewn, roughneck, coarse, rugged, tasteless, uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, unpolished, unrefined, vulgarWords Related to rude boorish, churlish, cloddish, clownish, loutish, ungentlemanly; clumsy, lubberly, lumpish, oafish; inconsiderate, indelicate, insensitive, thoughtless; countrified (also countryfied), provincial, rustic (also rustical), unsophisticated; graceless, inelegant, tacky; animallike, barbaric, barbarous, uncivilized; mannerless, unmannered, unmannerlyNear Antonyms of rude aristocratic, courtly, patrician; elegant, graceful, restrained; considerate, gracious, sensitive, thoughtful; citified, sophisticated, urbaneAntonyms of rude civilized, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polished, refined, smooth, tasteful, ultrarefined, well-bred

  4. 4 not civilized missionaries who believed that it was their duty to convert the rude peoples of the world Synonyms of rude barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, heathen, heathenish, natural, Neanderthal (or Neandertal), savage, uncivil, uncivilized, uncultivated, wildWords Related to rude coarse, crude, primitive, rough; uncouth, unculturedNear Antonyms of rude cultured, enlightened, humane, sophisticated; genteel, polished, polite, refined, urbane, well-bred; semicivilizedAntonyms of rude civilized

  5. 5 showing a lack of manners or consideration for others it's rude to call someone “ugly” Synonyms of rude discourteous, disrespectful, ill-bred, ill-mannered, impertinent, inconsiderate, impolite, thoughtless, uncalled-for, uncivil, ungracious, unhandsome, unmannered, unmannerlyWords Related to rude arch, audacious, bold, bold-faced, brash, brassy, brazen, cheeky, fresh, impudent, insolent, lippy, sassy, saucy, shameless; boorish, caddish, churlish, clownish, loutish, uncouth, vulgar; abrupt, blunt, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, gruff, sharp, snippety, snippy; antisocial, crabbed, cross, disagreeable, grumpy, sullen, surly; improper, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, unseemly; arrogant, bumptious, conceited, haughty, high-handed, imperious, peremptory, pompous, presumptuous, pretentious, supercilious, superiorNear Antonyms of rude humble, meek, modest, unassertive; deferential, dutiful, respectful, submissive, yielding; acceptable, appropriate, becoming, befitting, correct, decent, decorous, fit, fitting, good, meet, proper, respectable, right, seemly, suitable; affable, cordial, friendly, genial, hospitable, sociable; felicitous, graceful; chivalrous, courtly, gallant; ceremonious; elegant, refinedAntonyms of rude civil, considerate, courteous, genteel, gracious, mannerly, polite, thoughtful, well-bred

  6. 6 lacking in education or the knowledge gained from books rude hillbillies they might have been, but they produced music with real poignancy Synonyms of rude analphabetic, benighted, dark, illiterate, nonliterate, ignorant, simple, uneducated, uninstructed, unlearned, unlettered, unread, unschooled, untaught, untutoredWords Related to rude functionally illiterate, innumerate, semiliterate, unknowledgeable; artless, lowbrow, philistine, uncultivated, uncultured; callow, green, inexperienced, innocent, naive (or naïve); unsophisticated; raw, unskilled, untrained; brainless, dumb, idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), moronic, stupid, witless; foolish, senseless, sillyNear Antonyms of rude brilliant, intelligent, smart; experienced, expert, trained; erudite, learned, polyhistoric, polymath (or polymathic), scholarly; cultivated, cultured, highbrow, intellectual; sophisticated; acquainted, aware, familiarAntonyms of rude educated, knowledgeable, lettered, literate, schooled, well-informed, well-read

  7. 7 being such as found in nature and not altered by processing or refining rude pelts that were sent to Europe to be fashioned into elegant hats and coats Synonyms of rude native, natural, raw, crude, undressed, unprocessed, unrefined, untreatedWords Related to rude undeveloped; rough-hewn, semifinished, unfinished, unpolished; uncooked; impure, unfilteredNear Antonyms of rude filtered, pure, purifiedAntonyms of rude dressed, processed, refined, treated

Synonym Discussion of rude

rude, rough, crude, raw mean lacking in social refinement. rude implies ignorance of or indifference to good form; it may suggest intentional discourtesy.
    • rude behavior
rough is likely to stress lack of polish and gentleness.
    • rough manners
crude may apply to thought or behavior limited to the gross, the obvious, or the primitive.
    • a crude joke
raw suggests being untested, inexperienced, or unfinished.
    • turning raw youths into polished performers


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