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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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  • In order to apply the severest test the query should be a crassly foolish one.

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  • It was strange that hitherto he should have been so crassly blind.

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  • He says she is too crassly material to appreciate his knowledge of chemistry.

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  • It represented the legal ethics of a society on most of its sides brutally and crassly individualistic.

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  • Even scientific men are sometimes as crassly incredulous as the uncultured masses.

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  • The heir was as woe begone of face and as crassly sombre of raiment as even the most captious could have desired.

British Dictionary definitions for crassly


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 crassly



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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