Translation of primitive in Spanish:


primitivo, adj.

Pronunciation /ˈprɪmɪtɪv//ˈprɪmədɪv/


  • 1

    (society/man) primitivo
    • Some social theorists such as Marx viewed slavery as a necessary but primitive stage in the evolution of human institutions despite it being inherently wasteful and inefficient.
    • Hence it is certain that still more primitive life forms must have preceded the prokaryotes.
    • Humans who lived in the past and did not have modern anatomy are often referred to as archaic or primitive.
    • The nineteenth century notions of the evolution of religion from primitive animism to polytheism to monotheism have been falsified in tribe after tribe all over the world.
    • This analysis is a first step in reconstructing the details of possible evolutionary relationships among primitive cladid crinoids.
    • The platypus is considered a primitive mammal, yet its bill appears to be highly advanced.
    • This land bridge allowed primitive mammals to colonize South America from the North.
    • In some ways, monotremes are very primitive for mammals because, like reptiles and birds, they lay eggs rather than having live birth.
    • Certainly, other bird-like fossils will be found - either earlier or more primitive.
    • Air-breathing in fish is, in fact, a primitive character of all osteichthyans.
    • In the town itself the early primitive buildings were gradually replaced by stone structures of the traditional German fachwerk style.
    • Proponents of the multiregional theory consider Neanderthals as an earlier primitive stage in the development of modern Europeans.
    • Molar polymorphism is probably a primitive mammalian character, conserved in marsupials and mustelids.
    • Does it not follow that if the evolution of amoeba to man is fact, then the development of primitive man to civilized man must be fact also?
    • Pakicetus is so far known only from its skull, but recent finds in Pakistan have produced other whale species that show very primitive characters in both the skull and the rest of the skeleton.
    • The egg-laying platypus and its cousin, the anteater, along with marsupials, make up the most primitive group of living mammals.
    • However, once again the incomplete nature of the fossil record causes problems and can result in more primitive members of a taxon being preserved at a higher stratigraphical level than more advanced forms.
    • The primitive magmas are roughly equally distributed between arcs built on oceanic and continental crust.
    • This included vaulting, which was more durable than the more primitive, earlier building methods.
    • These characteristics of B. bahloi are expected to be found in the ancestor of B. attenuatus, since they represent a more primitive evolutionary stage.
  • 2

    (weapon/method/dwelling) primitivo
    (weapon/dwelling/method) rudimentario
    • The success of the barometer led to the development of primitive air pumps.
    • These basic entrepreneurial skills may be primitive, but they enable individuals to earn enough money to support themselves and add to family incomes.
    • And a mouse with only one button and no wheel seems somewhat primitive to me now.
    • Even after primitive use of crude lagging gave way to a more general use of preformed asbestos block insulation, such blocks were cut dry which could actually enhance dust production.
    • The path was in many places a primitive stairway, or crude stepladder, at first through a jungle, and later up a very steep, grass-covered slope.
    • You must be prepared to leave the comfort of your home for a more primitive place in the country many miles away at which you will live and work for two months.
    • Internet organization is still rather primitive, but search engines are looking for ways to minimize the effectiveness of these link exchanges.
    • It is hard to imagine the primitive conditions in those early days, when Rowntree's entire male staff numbered about 30.
    • Despite the demand for knowledge, created by the rise of the universities, the technology to further motivate this process was still in a primitive stage.
    • The software, still in its early stages, is primitive.
    • The village appeared rather primitive, with little or no technology clearly visible.
    • The food was poor, services primitive and the crossing rough.
    • They are living in mud huts and everything is primitive by our standards, but unbelievably clean.
    • Until this time, a primitive plow was arduously pulled through rough ground by an unshod horse with a strap across its windpipe.
    • Such relatively primitive methods have now been overtaken by vastly enhanced possibilities for computational analysis.
    • Those struggles were of an extremely primitive character, involving the destruction of machinery by workers.
    • Physical handling of information was of necessity fairly primitive in those days.
    • At the time of his marriage in May of 1747 Hamilton had struggled for almost eight years to create a comfortable niche in a primitive New World environment.
    • I grew up in a pretty primitive environment, without many modern conveniences.
    • Also, the sights are usually quite primitive by today's standards.
  • 3

    (instincts/urges) primario
    • Logic and reason are overwhelmed by adrenaline and a primitive desire to protect your own.
    • In pursuit of bigger game, I began searching for similar archaic behavior in humans, focusing on the apparently primitive vocalization of laughter.
    • The evolutionarily primitive aspect of emotion helps to explain its power to disrupt thinking.
    • Lacking either camera or scales I experienced a brief temptation to take the fish home with me - more as proof to my wife and children that I could actually catch a bass, than through a primitive desire to feed them.
    • She touched it gently with one finger, and what flashed through her wasn't pain but a shock of remembered ecstasy and a kind of primitive greed.
    • It also opens a wider question as to whether civilised societies could so quickly revert to primitive behaviour.
    • As a filmmaker, Sean Penn is attracted to the hinterland, where obsessions feed off primitive fear.
    • Mingled with these basic joys is another less primitive feeling - that of a mission accomplished.
    • Animals display primitive feelings that are a product of their programming or instinct.
    • There was frost one morning not long ago, but when I reached out to touch it in primitive awe it was gone.
    • The idea that beneath the outer shell of civilized humanity lies this kind of unbridled, primitive passion is terrifying and exciting to him.
    • Clients typically call their divorce lawyers when they are locked in the grip of primitive emotion.
    • For the first time in so much time, she tasted the authentic almost primitive happiness.
    • The dog grimaced harshly, a cringe that did not suggest primitive fear as much as painful recollection.
    • Ricoeur argues that this primitive desire for order, at least in its more developed forms, takes precedence over the desire for retribution.
    • And the raw primitive hope was crushed to produce an equally raw and primitive anger.
    • When he glanced back, Cestmir was advancing, an unstoppable primitive rage in his eyes.
    • There are primitive fears of loners that can be traced back to the days when everyone's energy and participation in rituals was necessary for the survival of a tribe.
    • The pleasure of digging derives from a primitive instinct.
    • She discovered that I didn't revert to ballet steps, but with primitive glee made wild, exuberant jumps when we danced to Offenbach's Gaite Parisienne.
  • 4

    • His style has been loosely described as expressionistic, surrealistic, naive, and primitive, but was also strongly influenced by the urban realism of John Sloan.
    • Sometimes primitive or exotic art is not far away across oceans, but within our own nation.
    • It was a radical group of artists and poets who were interested in folk and primitive art as well as in spontaneous expression.
    • The use of the primitive Etruscan style suggests a time so ancient as to be inseparable from nature.
    • They felt that the art of the current establishment was too academic and refined to retain any degree of expression, so they instead found inspiration in medieval German art and primitive African sculpture.
    • On a short trip to London that fall, he pursued his study of primitive art in the Egyptian, Assyrian, and African collections at the British Museum.
    • There's a scarlet dining-room, with distressed metal walls, a Chinese emperor's daybed for lounging about on, and a fabulous collection of primitive art and antiques.
    • The art of the goldsmith has its roots in prehistory, developed to a sophisticated degree at a time when visual art amounted to little more than primitive cave paintings.
    • Symbols of science, art and magic can be found in primitive cave paintings in France.
    • The main aim of the fair is to resuscitate primitive art forms and allow the artists to interact directly with their buyers.
    • These two sources - Cézanne and primitive art - were of great importance in the genesis of Cubism.
    • However, he was hailed as a great artist and visionary by Picasso, Magritte and Ernst, who admired Rousseau's primitive style of painting and viewed him as being part of a force that was changing the face of art.
    • He had just come back from Paris where he had been very inspired by the work of Giacometti, Dubuffet and by the surrealists, but he was also very interested in primitive African art.
    • This spiralling is very prevalent in primitive art.
    • His book They Taught Themselves chronicled the creative lives of a number of amateur artists whose primitive and naive styles appealed to his modernist eye.
    • Matisse was not one to rest on his laurels, and he continued studying various styles including primitive art, and the work of painters in other disciplines.
    • It was painted from notes she made while traveling in the district, and is a summation of her landscape style and ideals which often ended in a form of primitive cubism.
    • However, he was not at first as interested in the Fine Arts of painting and drawing as he was with the exotic primitive arts that were being collected from South Sea Islands at that time.
    • Mark's style is colorful and direct, with perspective that is often distorted or just simplified and figures who are rendered in a somewhat primitive or naive manner.
    • It was covered in primitive chalk doodles dating from kindergarten, very basic stuff you absorbed and outgrew ages ago.


  • 1

    primitivo masculine
    primitiva feminine
    • At the same time, he was a self-taught, strongly independent painter who considered himself a primitive.
    • In its infancy, Pyat explains, the modern community of painters comprised a small group of heroic primitives, drawn together by their common devotion to their craft but polarized by rivalry and ambition.
  • 2

    pintura primitiva feminine
    • Paul Gauguin's primitive was not Pablo Picasso's, and - despite their mutual reliance on West Mexican grave goods as source materials - Kahlua's primitives were not Kahlo's.
    • Ironically, he had purchased some of the twenty primitives in the group from the Downtown Gallery.
    • From the caves of Lascaux to the clay or stone figures made by primitives and modernists, animal likenesses or essences have abounded in humankind's representational practices.