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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

Other Words from crass

crassly adverb
crassness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Sánchez refers to herself as loud and crass, and her writing proves it. Keishel Williams, Washington Post, 17 July 2022 There is a saying on Wall Street that is too crass to repeat here in detail. Vineer Bhansali, Forbes, 2 July 2022 In the eyes of those surveyed, the real reason candidates run for office is more crass — simple self-interest. Dante Chinni, NBC News, 12 June 2022 Though her presentation may be slicker than the former president’s and her words may not be as crass, the impact is the same: undermining faith in elections. Larry Hogan, WSJ, 23 May 2022 Remember, most full-time Latter-day Saint missionaries are between 18 and 24, an age often typified by adolescent attitudes, risky behavior, even crass humor. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 May 2022 Musk posted a photo of Gates wearing a blue polo shirt stretched across his stomach next to an emoji of a pregnant man, and captioned the images with a crass observation about Gates’s girth. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 Rockwell expertly wields Teach’s crass behavior, finding ways to deepen a character that could too easily feel one note. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2022 Likewise, the focus on how similar candidates are to Trump centers almost entirely on personality: how crass and outrageous and brazenly untruthful a candidate can be. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Crass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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