Definition of primordial in English:

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Pronunciation: /prīˈmôrdēəl/


1Existing at or from the beginning of time; primeval: the primordial oceans
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  • Life seems to have originated in the primordial oceans that covered the Earth four billion years ago.
  • Her immense wooden sculptures refer to a primitive form of life in primordial worlds.
  • The work resembles a sub-human primordial design nesting deep inside creation itself; it seems to come from a place billions of years old, far removed from human consciousness.
ancient, earliest, first, prehistoric, antediluvian, primeval
1.1(Especially of a state or quality) basic and fundamental: the primordial needs of the masses
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  • Later, when I began to sing along with the Opera stars, it was my chance to express those blurred, but primordial feelings I had bottled-up inside a thin, nondescript physique.
  • Whatever it was, I felt the primordial feeling of tears stinging at my eyes, and my breathing grew sharp and cutting, much colder than before.
  • For others, however, those rhythmic beats will stir imaginings of ancient celebrations and primordial feelings that continue to forge a spiritual bond with the land and the changing seasons.
instinctive, primitive, basic, primal, primeval, intuitive, inborn, innate, inherent, visceral
1.2 Biology (Of a cell, part, or tissue) in the earliest stage of development.
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  • Embryonic stem cells are primordial cells with the ability to morph into any type of cell in the body.
  • During human fetal development, the primordial germ cells migrate to and are incorporated within the developing ovary and are termed oogonia.
  • Stem cells extracted from human embryos are promising because they are primordial cells yet to be assigned a specific function, making them useful in the treatment of a wide variety of maladies.



Pronunciation: /ˌprīˌmôrdēˈalətē/
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  • In world culture, national identities are more commonly viewed as historical constructions and the location of primordiality is in ethnic-cultural groups, especially when they are minorities.
  • This emphasis on the primordiality of particular practices is, I think, one of the ways that Hauerwas has had the most marked influence on other thinkers.


Pronunciation: /prīˈmôrdēəlē/
Example sentences
  • Certain sweet tastes, like that first chocolate chip cookie you have, will affect you almost primordially; a little bell goes off and that taste will be with you forever.
  • More likely, the food is just so primordially delicious that you don't care what anyone else thinks.
  • On a hot Sunday hike through primordially dense and verdant Florida woods, 6-year-old Nicholas stopped mid - trail, lifted his hand with authority, and commanded, ‘Wait.’


Late Middle English: from late Latin primordialis 'first of all', from primordius 'original' (see primordium).

Words that rhyme with primordial

cordial, exordial

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Syllabification: pri·mor·di·al

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