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Definition of "crude" []

  • Being in an unrefined or natural state; raw. (adjective)
  • Lacking tact or taste; blunt or offensive: a crude, mannerless oaf; a crude remark. (adjective)
  • Characterized by uncultured simplicity; lacking in sophistication or subtlety: had only a crude notion of how a computer works. (adjective)
  • Not carefully or skillfully made; rough: a quick, crude sketch. (adjective)
  • Undisguised or unadorned; plain: must face the crude truth. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "crude" in a sentence
  • "Normally, crude is shipped to Far East in 50 days but when the Med Stream is completed it would take 19 days to transport crude from the Red Sea."
  • "Polanski's backers, ranging from fellow directors to French culture and foreign ministers, criticized U.S. and Los Angeles judicial authorities for seeking what they called crude revenge against a major artist who deserved more respect."
  • "Reverend Jesse Jackson is apologizing for what he calls crude and hurtful comments about Barack Obama."