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Princeton's WordNet

  1. petroleum, crude oil, crude, rock oil, fossil oil, oiladjective

    a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons

  2. crude, roughadjective

    not carefully or expertly made

    "managed to make a crude splint"; "a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them"; "rough carpentry"

  3. crude, earthy, gross, vulgaradjective

    conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

    "coarse language"; "a crude joke"; "crude behavior"; "an earthy sense of humor"; "a revoltingly gross expletive"; "a vulgar gesture"; "full of language so vulgar it should have been edited"

  4. unrefined, unprocessed, crudeadjective

    not refined or processed

    "unrefined ore"; "crude oil"

  5. crude, primitive, rudeadjective

    belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness

    "the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man"; "primitive movies of the 1890s"; "primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains"

  6. blunt, crude(a), stark(a)adjective

    devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

    "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline"

  7. crude, rawadjective

    not processed or subjected to analysis

    "raw data"; "the raw cost of production"; "only the crude vital statistics"


  1. crudenoun

    Any substance in its natural state.

  2. crudenoun

    Crude oil.

  3. crudeadjective

    Being in a natural state.

    crude oil

  4. crudeadjective

    Characterized by simplicity, especially something not carefully or expertly made.

    a crude shelter

  5. crudeadjective

    Lacking concealing elements.

    a crude truth

  6. crudeadjective

    Lacking tact or taste.

    a crude remark

  7. crudeadjective

    Being in an unanalyzed form.

    crude data

  8. crudeadjective

    Immature or unripe.

  9. Etymology: From crude, from crudus, from krewa-. Cognate with hreaw. More at raw.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CRUDEadjective

    Etymology: crudus, Latin.

    Common crude salt, barely dissolved in common aqua fortis, will give it power of working upon gold. Robert Boyle, on Fluidity.

    Fermented liquors have quite different qualities from the plant itself; for no fruit, taken crude, has the intoxicating quality of wine. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    A juice so crude as cannot be ripened to the degree of nourishment. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 632.

    While the body, to be converted and altered, is too strong for the efficient that should convert or alter it, whereby it resisteth and holdeth fast, in some degree, the first form or consistence, it is, all that while, crude and inconcoct; and the process is to be called crudity and inconcoction. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    In a moment up they turned,
    Wide the celestial soil; and saw beneath
    Th’ originals of nature, in their crude
    Conception. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi. l. 511.

    Deep vers’d in books, and shallow in himself,
    Crude, or intoxicate, collecting toys. John Milton, Paradise Reg.

    Others, whom meer ambition fires, and dole
    Of provinces abroad, which they have feign’d
    To their crude hopes, and I as amply promis’d. Ben Jonson.

    What peradventure may seem full to me, may appear very crude and maimed to a stranger. Kenelm Digby, on the Soul, Dedicat.

    Absurd expressions, crude abortive thoughts,
    All the lewd legions of exploded faults. Wentworth Dillon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crude

    in its natural state; not cooked or prepared by fire or heat; undressed; not altered, refined, or prepared for use by any artificial process; raw; as, crude flesh

  2. Crude

    unripe; not mature or perfect; immature

  3. Crude

    not reduced to order or form; unfinished; not arranged or prepared; ill-considered; immature

  4. Crude

    undigested; unconcocted; not brought into a form to give nourishment

  5. Crude

    having, or displaying, superficial and undigested knowledge; without culture or profundity; as, a crude reasoner

  6. Crude

    harsh and offensive, as a color; tawdry or in bad taste, as a combination of colors, or any design or work of art

  7. Etymology: [L. crudus raw; akin to cruor blood (which flows from a wound). See Raw, and cf. Cruel.]


  1. Crude

    Crude is the first studio album from Shetland based band Bongshang.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crude

    krōōd, adj. raw, unprepared: not reduced to order or form: unfinished: undigested: immature.—adv. Crude′ly.—ns. Crude′ness; Crud′ity, rawness: unripeness: that which is crude.—adj. Crud′y (Shak.), crude, raw. [L. crudus, raw.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crude' in Adjectives Frequency: #786

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crude in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of crude in a Sentence

  1. Fawad Razaqzada:

    The on-going volatility in crude oil prices remain one major worry for stock market investors.

  2. H. G. Wells:

    Crude classifications and false generalizations are the curse of the organized life.

  3. Tom Kloza:

    Russian oil is not crucial to The US. The US's crucial to Europe, i don't know what Europe is going to do without Russian crude. If you take it away, Europe is really behind the eight ball.

  4. Morgan Stanley:

    Brent crude prices (are) attempting to rally on rapid week-on-week reduction in U.S. ... rig count.

  5. Fereidun Fesharaki:

    The volume of crude being sold is still huge, but it shows the transformation in the next five years in which the companies become more of product players and will have automatically less of an influence on the crude market.

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  • необработен, неузрял, незрял, прост, груб, суровBulgarian
  • cru, grollerCatalan, Valencian
  • nezralý, zřejmý, evidentní, jasný, surový, syrový, nedozrálý, prostý, neomalenýCzech
  • grob, roh, unfertigGerman
  • αδρός, άξεστος, αργός, ακατέργαστος, χονδροειδής, ανεπεξέργαστοςGreek
  • krudaEsperanto
  • خامPersian
  • karkea, yksinkertainenFinnish
  • cru, vulgaireFrench
  • גולמית, גולמיHebrew
  • durva, kezdetleges, éretlen, faragatlan, nyers, finomítatlanHungarian
  • volgare, ovvio, rustico, acerbo, greggio, grezzo, crudo, raffazzonato, sempliceItalian
  • ruw, vulgair, ongeraffineerd, rudimentair, grof, primitief, onafgewerkt, smakeloos, onbewerkt, naaktDutch
  • grovNorwegian
  • surowy, nieoczyszczony, prymitywnyPolish
  • cruPortuguese
  • грубый, необработанный, сыройRussian
  • plump, råämne, ohöljd, grov, oborstad, rå, enkel, oförblommerad, obearbetadSwedish
  • ముతక, నాటు, ముడిTelugu
  • خامہUrdu

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    an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
    • A. repugnant
    • B. usurious
    • C. splay
    • D. tantamount

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