Primitive may refer to:

  • Anarcho-primitivism, an anarchist critique of the origins and progress of civilization
  • Primitive culture, one that lacks major signs of economic development or modernity
  • Noble savage, uncorrupted by the influences of civilization
  • Primitive communism, a pre-agrarian form of communism according to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  • Primitive Church, another name for early Christianity
  • Primitive Baptist, a religious movement seeking to retain or restore early Christian practices
  • Primitive (phylogenetics) characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution, cf. basal

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Famous quotes containing the word primitive:

    The price we pay for the complexity of life is too high. When you think of all the effort you have to put in—telephonic, technological and relational—to alter even the slightest bit of behaviour in this strange world we call social life, you are left pining for the straightforwardness of primitive peoples and their physical work.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929)

    The lumberers rarely trouble themselves to put out their fires, such is the dampness of the primitive forest; and this is one cause, no doubt, of the frequent fires in Maine, of which we hear so much on smoky days in Massachusetts.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The sight of a Black nun strikes their sentimentality; and, as I am unalterably rooted in native ground, they consider me a work of primitive art, housed in a magical color; the incarnation of civilized, anti-heathenism, and the fruit of a triumphing idea.
    Alice Walker (b. 1944)