Definition of crass in English:

crass

Syllabification: crass
Pronunciation: /kras
 
/

adjective

Lacking sensitivity, refinement, or intelligence: the crass assumptions that men make about women
More example sentences
  • To ignore such an evident flowering of talent and achievement is not only crass stupidity but a wasted opportunity.
  • By setting such a trap or permitting an employee to do so on a river where otters are breeding is crass stupidity.
  • Over the next decade, the crass stupidity of the words must have haunted them.
Synonyms
stupid, insensitive, mindless, thoughtless, ignorant, witless, oafish, boorish, asinine, coarse, gross, graceless, tasteless, tactless, clumsy, heavy-handed, blundering

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'dense or coarse (in constitution or texture)'): from Latin crassus 'solid, thick'.

Derivatives

crassitude

Pronunciation: /ˈkrasəˌt(y)o͞od/
noun
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  • To be fair, it was not an activity but a pop group; but it seemed to sum up the ineffable crassitude of the place.
  • So, for the sake of this venerable pageant, let's hope the hopefuls display gratitude and pulchritude, rather than crassitude and attitude.
  • It definitely has nothing to do with gays marrying and absolutely everything to do with the preponderance of rampant crassitude.

crassly

adverb
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  • ‘These are very ill thought out, and I have to say, crassly stupid on occasion, suggestions for the reform of very serious laws,’ he said.
  • ‘It's annoying, frustrating, disappointing and insubstantial,’ she snaps when I crassly raise the subject of her bank balance.
  • Supposedly about ideas and values, parties are usually tools for marshalling and brokering power - often crassly and with a walloping dose of self-interest.

crassness

noun
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  • In an age of crassness, vulgarity and self-indulgence, she has continued to be an icon of what we once were and of what we might yet become again.
  • You can expect the same vulgarity and crassness you have come to love from these fine upstanding pillars of society.
  • There is a fine line between righteous anger and crassness.

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