Definition of crass
1a : gross 6a; especially : having or indicating such grossness of mind as precludes delicacy and discriminationb : being beneath one's dignity crass concerns of daily lifec —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
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
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
A few people seemed shocked by her crass comments.
a loudmouthed jerk given to rude jokes and crass comments
Recent Examples of crass from the Web
But as crass as that is, Sawant may in a sense only be channeling the people.
In crass times like these, the deep civility that powers his voice is a balm.
Criticism, no matter the tone or validity, is rejected out-of-hand and cast as either unwitting moral failure, political naïveté or, worse, the crass expression of something deplorable in the critic.
This crass device is designed to leave you in stellar ignorance of your own energy usage.
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Origin and Etymology of crass
Latin crassus thick, gross
First Known Use: circa 1625See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of crass
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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