Robert Kennedy hated Johnson's grossness, his lies, his bullying of staff, his self-indulgence with whisky and food.
While the rioting was obviously the low point of the week, it was more a continuation on a theme of grossness than a wild outlier.
Still there was no trace of grossness in their form or expression.
All the grossness, superstition, and bad taste of the age were put into them.
In a certain sense all sex has an element of grossness which inspires repugnance.
Because no sin, no grossness has ever shut your ears to all but earthly sounds.
We may note, too, that grossness in manners forms a large proportion of the offenses that fanatical reformers foam about.
Newly corrected and purged, from all grossness in phrase and matter.
He needs a wife, say the good women who were born and bred in these opinions and do not suspect their grossness.
Some sense of grossness in him for the first time seared across her brain.
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)