- 1Make or become rough: [with object]: her hands were coarsened by outside work [no object]: his facial features appeared to coarsen with ageMore example sentences
- But now he was fat and coarsened with age, his teeth betel-stained.
- It may be the author's point that men coarsen with age, but there seems nothing to bind this foursome together except the demands of the dramatic situation.
- Where once he was a golden child, handsome and normal-looking, now his features have coarsened, his hair is growing grey.
- 2Make or become vulgar or unpleasant: [with object]: her experience has not coarsened her or made her cynicalMore example sentences
- To comment on distant matters that are not close to the heart leads us into propaganda which coarsens our collective psyche.
- Comparing politicians to evil dictators is offensive, shrill, and coarsens the political discourse.
- Behind bland phrases like ‘compassion fatigue’ is something worse, a steadily coarsening, increasingly stubborn indifference.