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  • n  a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons
  • s  not carefully or expertly made
    managed to make a crude splint
    a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them
  • s  conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
    a crude joke
    crude behavior
  • a  not refined or processed
    crude oil
  • s  belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
    the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man
  • s  devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment
    the crude facts
  • s  not processed or subjected to analysis
    only the crude vital statistics

  • crude-oil prices soared to record levels in July, South Korea's flagship airline, Korean Air, established a nine-member fuel-management team charged with a single purpose: contain .
  • And demand for crude oil and refined products in the developing world, which has driven the price of oil to record levels in recent years, is now plummeting.
  • But recent gains have been modest, and most have been in natural gas, not the crude that is refined into gasoline.
News & Articles


  • Barack Obama in The Guardian
    Indeed, in a speech to the nation on June 15 amid the oil gusher, President Obama said "as we look to the Gulf, we see an entire way of life being threatened by a menacing cloud of black crude."
  • Chakib Khelil in Los Angeles Times
    If the prices are high, definitely they are not due to a lack of crude. They are due to what's happening in the US,Khelil said. "There is sufficient supply. There's plenty of oil there."
  • William Caldwell in TIME
    Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the chief US military spokesman, called it a "crude attempt to raise the terror level."

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