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Topic: INDUSTRY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: crudus 'raw, rough, cruel'

crude

1 adjective
     
crude1
1 not exact or without any detail, but generally correct and useful [↪ approximate]:
a crude estimate of the population available for work
2 not developed to a high standard, or made with little skill:
a crude wooden bridge
crude workmanship
3 offensive or rude, especially in a sexual way [= vulgar]:
crude pictures
His language was often crude.
4TI [only before noun] crude oil, rubber etc is in its natural or raw condition before it is treated with chemicals
5

in crude terms

expressed in a simple way:
Private morality, in crude terms, is not the law's business.
crudely adverb:
crudely built shacks
crudeness noun [uncountable]
crudity noun [uncountable and countable]
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