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[kawr-suh n, kohr-]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become coarse.
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Origin of coarsen

First recorded in 1795–1805; coarse + -en1
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Related Words for coarsen

dehumanize, demoralize, swell, broaden, augment, pervert, debase, debauch, warp, harden, vitiate, deprave, animalize, coarsen, feed, thicken, bloat, distend, wax, increase

British Dictionary definitions for coarsen


  1. to make or become coarse
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Word Origin and History for coarsen


1805, from coarse + -en (2). Related: Coarsened; coarsening.

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