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 when the singer went to tweet about the importance of our nation's independence, she was met with a crass response.
Calls for the Texas Rangers to trade Yu Darvish, and crass remarks about the need to extend his contract immediately, started leaking onto social media early Wednesday night.
Lawrence was disturbed by this crass American fame that this journalist was bestowing on him, fame to the point that people were chasing him down the streets.
Beattie especially savors the abject drama of weddings and birthdays, where her vivid prose spikes the fever of human haplessness and showcases our most crass imperfections.
Maher, an outspoken and often crass comedian, used the N-word in an interview Friday night with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, sparking immediate outrage on social media.
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.
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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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