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coarsen Line breaks: coars¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːs(ə)n/

Definition of coarsen in English:


1Make or become rough: [with object]: her hands were coarsened by outside work [no object]: his facial features appeared to coarsen with age
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  • 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.
roughen, thicken, toughen, harden
2Make or become vulgar or unpleasant: [with object]: her experience has not coarsened her or made her cynical
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  • 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.

Words that rhyme with coarsen

hoarsen, Orson
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