primitivism
noun Date: 1861 1. primitive practices or procedures; also a primitive quality or state 2. a. belief in the superiority of a simple way of life close to nature b. belief in the superiority of nonindustrial society to that of the present 3. the style of art of primitive peoples or primitive artists • primitivist noun or adjectiveprimitivistic adjective

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