Synonyms of 'primitive'
1 uncivilizedDictionary, savage, barbarian
studies of primitive societies
2 earlyDictionary, first, earliest
primitive birds from the dinosaur era
early man's cultural development
The first men of this race lived like gods.
This is the earliest confirmed case of AIDS in the world.
The Dayaks were the original inhabitants of Borneo.
Literacy now includes elementary computer skills.
Twenty million years ago this was dense primordial forest.
a vast expanse of primeval swamp
3 simpleDictionary, naive, childlike
He was as simple as a child.
He's so naive he'll believe anything I tell him.
She had never lost her childlike sense of wonder.
It is nonsense to say we have untrained staff dealing with emergencies.
music of a crude kind which unsophisticated audiences enjoyed
The wrangling of trade disputes can baffle the untutored eye.
4 crudeDictionary, simple, rough
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In former times, barbarians were people from other countries who were thought to be uncivilized and violent.
rude and barbarian people
Thesaurus for primitive from the Collins English Thesaurus
Primitive means belonging to a society in which people live in a very simple way, usually without industries or a writing system.