We come here upon what, in a large proportion of cases, forms the source of the grossest errors of mankind.
But, then, that is only the grossest and the lowest form of the truth that is here.
If need be, the grossest falsehoods are embodied in the platform, and proclaimed as the most sacred tenets of party faith.
That is what we all, even the grossest of us, in our heart of hearts are seeking.
“You are quite right; they are the grossest of the scandal-mongers—ay, and the least scrupulous,” she cried.
The coloured population of Angola are sunk in the grossest superstition.
Although a body professing to inculcate pure spiritual truths, the church teaches the grossest form of materialism.
The grossest ignorance does not disgust like this impudent knowingness.
A disgraceful quarrel ensued, in which the most vulgar epithets and the grossest witticisms were bandied between them.
And yet this people display some of the grossest elements of savagery.
mid-14c., "large;" early 15c., "coarse, plain, simple," from Old French gros "big, thick, fat, tall, pregnant; coarse, rude, awkward; ominous, important; arrogant" (11c.), from Late Latin grossus "thick, coarse (of food or mind)," of obscure origin, not in classical Latin. Said to be unrelated to Latin crassus, which meant the same thing, or to German gross "large," but said by Klein to be cognate with Old Irish bres, Middle Irish bras "big." Its meaning forked in English to "glaring, flagrant, monstrous" (1580s) on the one hand and "entire, total, whole" (early 15c.) on the other. Meaning "disgusting" is first recorded 1958 in U.S. student slang, from earlier use as an intensifier of unpleasant things (gross stupidity, etc.). Earlier "coarse in behavior or manners" (1530s) and, of things, "inferior, common" (late 15c.). Gross national product first recorded 1947.
"a dozen dozen," early 15c., from Old French grosse douzaine "large dozen;" see gross (adj.). Earlier as the name of a measure of weight equal to one-eighth of a dram (early 15c.). Sense of "total profit" (opposed to net) is from 1520s.
"to earn a total of," 1884, from gross (n.). Related: Grossed; grossing.
Gross (grōs), Samuel David. 1805-1884.
American surgeon and educator who wrote widely influential medical treatises, including A System of Surgery (1859).
Disgusting; rebarbative; grotty: at this moment (how gross!) blowing kisses into the phone (1958+ Teenagers)