\ ˈkras How to pronounce crass (audio) \

Definition of crass

1a : gross sense 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 flatterycrass propaganda
2 : guided by or indicative of base or materialistic values crass commercialism crass measures of success

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Other Words from crass

crassly adverb
crassness noun

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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

Examples of crass in a Sentence

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 Eagleton, Harper's, March 2005 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 McCullough, The First Man in Rome, (1990) 1991 He had removed her from that crass monied Middle Atlantic society where she had seemed stilted and fragile. — John Updike, Couples, 1968 A few people seemed shocked by her crass comments. a loudmouthed jerk given to rude jokes and crass comments
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Recent Examples on the Web Abandoning it for what’s perceived as a crass derivative of American exceptionalism was never gonna fly. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Soccer’s Super League may be dead, but the concept lives on in college football," 23 Apr. 2021 As Megan Price, the crass weirdo who ends up being the voice of reason, McCarthy earned an Oscar nomination and stole the movie from her more-famous co-stars. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every Melissa McCarthy Movie Performance, Ranked," 9 Apr. 2021 Many critics saw the video as a crass attempt by Bauchner to save his job, and emblematic of the way mainstream medicine highlights the work of Black scholars only when convenient. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "Troubling podcast puts JAMA, the ‘voice of medicine,’ under fire for its mishandling of race," 9 Apr. 2021 The film would win the Academy Award for Best Picture and the adoration of legions of fans while capturing the lonesome bravado and sordid materialism of America in its crass urban decline. Washington Post, "‘Midnight Cowboy’ was a masterpiece made of desperation," 31 Mar. 2021 And yet, there was always something crass about Cuomo’s decision to take a victory lap in the middle of the pandemic. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Would Anyone Pay Andrew Cuomo $4 Million for a Book?," 1 Apr. 2021 The reaction, not only among Time Inc. employees but across the industry, was dismay, with journalists upset that their craft could be reduced to a measure so crass. Jake Rosenfeld, WSJ, "Paying Workers Based on Performance Is Harder Than It Looks," 17 Mar. 2021 Then the embarrassing bit comes back, the part everyone considers so unforgivably crass, how our most significant contribution to global cuisine made a bunch of people sick, lumberingly obese and prematurely dead. Josh Condon, Robb Report, "It’s Time to Make Our Informational Diet as Exacting as Our Bleeding-Edge Wellness Practices," 6 Mar. 2021 French scholars criticized both that chilling effect the term seems to have, as well as its crass mischaracterization of the fields of academic inquiry in its crosshairs. Washington Post, "France and the spectral menace of ‘Islamo-leftism’," 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of crass

circa 1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for crass

Latin crassus thick, gross

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The first known use of crass was circa 1625

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3 May 2021

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“Crass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crass

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

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