coars·​en | \ ˈkȯr-sᵊn How to pronounce coarsen (audio) \
coarsened; coarsening

Definition of coarsen

intransitive verb

: to become coarse

Examples of coarsen in a Sentence

Her hands were coarsened by years of hard work. He was coarsened by his time in prison. offensive words that coarsen the English language The book describes how popular culture has coarsened in recent decades.
Recent Examples on the Web If Trump’s effect on the Republican Party was simply to coarsen it, then progressives might have grimaced and taken it. The New Yorker, 16 Apr. 2022 By transitioning from marketplace to megaphone, Twitter will further coarsen America’s political discourse. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 7 Nov. 2019 But Democrats were helping to coarsen it long before Trump came along. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, 8 Aug. 2019 In a country so divided and coarsened, does one person’s private struggle for moral purity really matter? Danny Heitman, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2018 Look, the culture has been coarsened, the entertainment industry, music, film, billboards, television, everything is over sexualized or too violent or just dumped down altogether. Fox News, 3 Aug. 2018 Hasn’t much of what passes for professional athletics today coarsened enough to satisfy our basest instincts? WSJ, 24 June 2018 And there's no question that Trump, who called Mexican immigrants rapists, mocked a reporter with disabilities and branded protesting NFL players sons of bitches, has coarsened political discourse. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 2 June 2018 Gwynns Falls Leakin Park, where the body in Season 1 of Serial was found, is not coarsened in speech. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, 1 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of coarsen

1805, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Coarsen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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coars·​en | \ ˈkȯr-sᵊn How to pronounce coarsen (audio) \
coarsened; coarsening

Kids Definition of coarsen

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


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