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Definition of 'crass'

Lacking sensitivity, refinement, or intelligence, and showing a lack of taste or manners.
"The politician's crass comments about his opponent's family were met with outrage."

Detailed Meaning of 'crass'

It can also describe something that is vulgar or inappropriate in a way that is offensive or distasteful. For example, a person who is rude, insensitive, or lacking in social graces might be described as being crass. A joke or comment that is vulgar or offensive might also be seen as being crass. The term is often used to describe something that is perceived as being coarse, tasteless, or lacking in refinement or sensitivity, and that is therefore seen as being offensive or distasteful.


Examples of 'crass' in a Sentence

1. The government behaved with crass insensitivity towards the hostages.
2. The comedian's crass jokes were met with groans from the audience.
3. The politician's crass comments about his opponent's family were met with outrage.
4. The movie was criticized for its crass humor and lack of taste.
5. The celebrity was known for their crass behavior at parties and events.
6. The reality TV show was criticized for its crass depiction of relationships and human behavior.

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Origins & Etymology of 'crass'

The adjective 'crass' traces its etymological roots to the Latin word 'crassus,' which meant 'thick' or 'dense.' Over time, this term evolved in both meaning and pronunciation, eventually giving rise to the modern English word 'crass.' When applied to someone or something, it conveys a sense of thickness not in the physical sense but in the figurative sense of lacking sensitivity, refinement, or intelligence. This evolution in meaning reflects the idea that someone described as 'crass' possesses a certain density or thickness of character, particularly in their social interactions and behavior, thereby suggesting a deficiency in taste, manners, or subtlety.

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