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crass

[kras]
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adjective, crass·er, crass·est.
  1. without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; gross; obtuse; stupid: crass commercialism; a crass misrepresentation of the facts.
  2. Archaic. thick; coarse.
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Origin of crass

1535–45; (< Middle French) < Latin crassus thick, dense, fat, heavy
Related formscrass·ly, adverbcrass·ness, noun

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Related Words

boorish, churlish, vulgar, stupid, rude, asinine, bovine, dense, gross, indelicate, inelegant, loutish, lumpish, oafish, obtuse, raw, rough, uncouth, unrefined, witless

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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

crass

adjective
  1. stupid; gross
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Derived Formscrassly, adverbcrassness or crassitude, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin crassus thick, dense, gross
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Word Origin and History for crass

adj.

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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