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coarsen

verb coars·en \ˈkr-sən\

: to make (something) rough or rougher

: to become rough or rougher

: to cause (someone or something) to become rude or offensive

coars·enedcoars·en·ing

Full Definition of COARSEN

transitive verb
:  to make coarse
intransitive verb
:  to become coarse
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Examples of COARSEN

  1. Her hands were coarsened by years of hard work.
  2. He was coarsened by his time in prison.
  3. offensive words that coarsen the English language
  4. The book describes how popular culture has coarsened in recent decades.

First Known Use of COARSEN

1805

Rhymes with COARSEN

COARSENING Defined for Kids

coarsen

verb coars·en \ˈkr-sən\
coars·enedcoars·en·ing

Definition of COARSEN for Kids

:  to make or become rough or rougher <His hands were coarsened by hard labor.>

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