adjective \ ˈkras \

Definition of crass

1 a : gross 2a; especially : having or indicating such grossness of mind as precludes delicacy and discrimination
b : being beneath one's dignity
  • crass concerns of daily life
c used as a pejorative intensifier
  • crass flattery
  • crass propaganda
2 : guided by or indicative of base or materialistic values
  • crass commercialism
  • crass measures of success





Examples of crass in a Sentence

  1. We are urgently in need of progress, but not if it means the kind of crass complacency that ignores the fact that history for most men and women to date has meant misery and fruitless toil … —Terry EagletonHarper'sMarch 2005
  2. Minor criticism though it was compared to the rest, the most galling calumny of all as far as Gaius Marius was concerned was the perpetual inference that he was unacceptably crass because he had no Greek. —Colleen McCulloughThe First Man in Rome(1990) 1991
  3. He had removed her from that crass monied Middle Atlantic society where she had seemed stilted and fragile. —John UpdikeCouples1968
  4. A few people seemed shocked by her crass comments.

  5. a loudmouthed jerk given to rude jokes and crass comments

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Origin and Etymology of crass

Latin crassus thick, gross

Synonym Discussion of crass

stupid, dull, dense, crass, dumb mean lacking in power to absorb ideas or impressions. stupid implies a slow-witted or dazed state of mind that may be either congenital or temporary.
    • stupid students just keeping the seats warm
    • stupid with drink
dull suggests a slow or sluggish mind such as results from disease, depression, or shock.
    • monotonous work that leaves the mind dull
dense implies a thickheaded imperviousness to ideas.
    • too dense to take a hint
crass suggests a grossness of mind precluding discrimination or delicacy.
    • a crass, materialistic people
dumb applies to an exasperating obtuseness or lack of comprehension.
    • too dumb to figure out what's going on

CRASS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of crass for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing no understanding of what is proper or acceptable : rude and insensitive

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