Rudest
Rude Rude, a. [Compar. {Ruder}; superl. {Rudest}.] [F., fr. L. rudis.] 1. Characterized by roughness; umpolished; raw; lacking delicacy or refinement; coarse. [1913 Webster]

Such gardening tools as art, yet rude, . . . had formed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, specifically: (a) Unformed by taste or skill; not nicely finished; not smoothed or polished; -- said especially of material things; as, rude workmanship. ``Rude was the cloth.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Rude and unpolished stones. --Bp. Stillingfleet. [1913 Webster]

The heaven-born child All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (b) Of untaught manners; unpolished; of low rank; uncivil; clownish; ignorant; raw; unskillful; -- said of persons, or of conduct, skill, and the like. ``Mine ancestors were rude.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

He was but rude in the profession of arms. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep. --Gray. [1913 Webster] (c) Violent; tumultuous; boisterous; inclement; harsh; severe; -- said of the weather, of storms, and the like; as, the rude winter. [1913 Webster]

[Clouds] pushed with winds, rude in their shock. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The rude agitation [of water] breaks it into foam. --Boyle. [1913 Webster] (d) Barbarous; fierce; bloody; impetuous; -- said of war, conflict, and the like; as, the rude shock of armies. (e) Not finished or complete; inelegant; lacking chasteness or elegance; not in good taste; unsatisfactory in mode of treatment; -- said of literature, language, style, and the like. ``The rude Irish books.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Rude am I in my speech. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Unblemished by my rude translation. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Impertinent; rough; uneven; shapeless; unfashioned; rugged; artless; unpolished; uncouth; inelegant; rustic; coarse; vulgar; clownish; raw; unskillful; untaught; illiterate; ignorant; uncivil; impolite; saucy; impudent; insolent; surly; currish; churlish; brutal; uncivilized; barbarous; savage; violent; fierce; tumultuous; turbulent; impetuous; boisterous; harsh; inclement; severe. See {Impertiment}. [1913 Webster] -- {Rude"ly}, adv. -- {Rude"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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