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crude

Is it gross? Unsophisticated? Totally tasteless and positively offensive? Then you can describe it as crude.

Crude is not rude when it’s used to describe unprocessed oil, which it first was associated with in 1865. From the Latin crudo, meaning "rough, raw," crude today can be used to describe anything or anyone that's unrefined and rough around the edges. So don’t be too insulted by the large-nosed portrait that cartoonist made for you. It’s just a quick, crude drawing meant to be funny.

Definitions of crude
  1. adjective
    belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
    “the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man”
    synonyms: primitive, rude
    early
    being or occurring at an early stage of development
  2. adjective
    not carefully or expertly made
    “managed to make a crude splint”
    “a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them”
    synonyms: rough
    unskilled
    not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency
  3. adjective
    not refined or processed
    crude oil”
    synonyms: unprocessed, unrefined
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    Antonyms:
    processed, refined
    freed from impurities by processing
  4. adjective
    not processed or subjected to analysis
    “only the crude vital statistics”
    synonyms: raw
    unanalyzed
    not analyzed or broken down for detailed examination
  5. adjective
    devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment
    “the crude facts”
    synonyms: blunt, stark
    unconditional, unconditioned
    not conditional
  6. adjective
    conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
    “a crude joke”
    crude behavior”
    synonyms: earthy, gross, vulgar
    indecent
    offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters
  7. noun
    a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons
    synonyms: crude oil, fossil oil, oil, petroleum, rock oil
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    types:
    resid, residual oil
    oil products that remain after petroleum has been distilled
    type of:
    fossil fuel
    fuel consisting of the remains of organisms preserved in rocks in the earth's crust with high carbon and hydrogen content
    oil
    a slippery or viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not miscible with water
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