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[kras] /kræs/
adjective, crasser, crassest.
without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; gross; obtuse; stupid:
crass commercialism; a crass misrepresentation of the facts.
Archaic. thick; coarse.
Origin of crass
1535-45; (< Middle French) < Latin crassus thick, dense, fat, heavy
Related forms
crassly, adverb
crassness, noun
1. dull, boorish, oafish, indelicate. Unabridged
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  • The crass incongruity of her in that setting smote him with renewed force.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Did ever God create so crass and obstinate a thing as woman?

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • Oh, what crass ignorance one comes across in this benighted land.

  • But what was the meaning of this crass misuse of his mysterious power?

  • The present is suited only for a kind of crass comedy or Bowery melodrama.

    The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for crass


stupid; gross
Derived Forms
crassly, adverb
crassness, crassitude, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin crassus thick, dense, gross
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Word Origin and History for crass

1540s, from Middle French crasse (16c.), from Latin crassus "solid, thick, fat; dense." The literal sense always has been rare in English; meaning "grossly stupid" is recorded from 1650s, from French. Related: Crassly; crassness.

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