primitive
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primitive(
prih
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mih
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dihv
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of the earliest period)
a. primitivo
Archaeologists discovered evidence of a peaceful, primitive civilization in Peru.Los arqueólogos descubrieron evidencias de una civilización pacífica y primitiva en Perú.
2. (unsophisticated)
a. primitivo
Explorers discovered a primitive culture cut off from the outside world for centuries in China.Los exploradores descubrieron una cultura primitiva, separada del mundo exterior durante siglos, en China.
b. rudimentario
The captain taught them a primitive water filtration technique to use in case of emergency.El capitán les enseñó una técnica rudimentaria de filtración de agua para utilizar en caso de emergencia.
3. (art)
a. primitivo
Craig brought some primitive sculptures back from his trip to Togo.Craig trajo algunas esculturas primitivas de regreso de su viaje a Togo.
4. (old-fashioned)
a. anticuado
He uses his primitive beliefs to justify his bigotry.Utiliza sus creencias anticuadas para justificar su intolerancia.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (art)
a. la pintura primitivista
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Charles has a collection of primitives depicting rural life in his home.Charles tiene una colección de pinturas primitivistas en su casa que representan la vida rural.
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primitive
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. primitivo(a)
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primitive [ˈprɪmɪtɪv]
adjective
(gen) primitivo; (old-fashioned) anticuado; (basic) rudimentario; básico; (uncivilized) inculto; (sordid) miserable; (Art) primitivo;
noun
(Art) (artist) primitivista (m); (work) obra (f) primitivista;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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