coarse´ness


coarse´ness
coarse «krs, kohrs», adjective, coars|er, coars|est.
1. made up of fairly large parts; not fine: »

coarse salt, coarse sand.

2. heavy or rough in looks or texture: »

Burlap is a coarse cloth. The old fisherman had coarse, weathered features.

3. common, poor, or inferior: »

coarse food.

4. not delicate or refined; crude or vulgar: »

Many of the frontiersmen had coarse manners.

5. not refined: »

Coarse metals.

[adjectival use of course, noun, meaning “ordinary”]
coarse´ly, adverb.
coarse´ness, noun.
Synonym Study 4 Coarse, vulgar mean not refined in feelings, manners, language, or taste. Coarse implies roughness or crudeness: »

Many soldiers have to remind themselves when they return home not to use the coarse language of the barracks.

Vulgar implies offensive coarseness and often suggests an attitude of distaste and superiority on the part of the speaker: »

His vulgar speech and manners show that he is not accustomed to polite society.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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