Definition of coarsen
: to make coarse
: 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 of coarsen from the Web
Trump and the hard right have been accused, fairly, of coarsening the tone of politics in America.
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First Known Use of coarsen
COARSEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coarsen for English Language Learners
: to make (something) rough or rougher
: to become rough or rougher
: to cause (someone or something) to become rude or offensive
COARSEN Defined for Kids
Definition of coarsen for Students
: to make or become rough or rougher His hands were coarsened by hard labor.
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