Crude (kr?d), a. [Compar. Cruder (-?r); superl. Crudest.] [L. crudus raw; akin to cruor blood (which flows from a wound). See Raw, and cf. Cruel.]


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.

"Common crude salt."


Molding to its will each successive deposit of the crude materials. I. Taylor.


Unripe; not mature or perfect; immature.

I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude. Milton.


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



Crude, undigested masses of suggestion, furnishing rather raw materials for composition. De Quincey.

The originals of Nature in their crude Conception. Milton.


Undigested; unconcocted; not brought into a form to give nourishment.

"Crude and inconcoct."



Having, or displaying, superficial and undigested knowledge; without culture or profudity; as, a crude reasoner.

6. Paint.

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


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