American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make or become coarse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render coarse or coarser, in any sense; especially, make unrefined or inelegant; make rude or vulgar: as, to coarsen one's nature.
- v. To make more coarse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To make coarse or vulgar.
- v. make less subtle or refined
- v. make or become coarse or coarser
“One cannot coarsen what has ALREADY been coarsened by the left. .nt”
“ The bird's silky down began to coarsen and fray, and its beak began to harden and grow.”
“But it is shaping up to be more of a test stateside, where attitudes against China continue to coarsen as unemployment stays stubbornly high and politicians complain about China taking U.S. jobs, if not U.S. pride.”
“Their disdain for traditional morals will coarsen our culture.”
“There is some public shaming of people who openly espouse hateful speech -- but a ratings chase and a revenue chase combine to coarsen the debate.”
“Without a humanizing tory influence, conservatives were apt to forget "the ugly face of capitalism" — the way that the market tends to coarsen and destabilize society, making the gross national product fodder for our "gross national appetite.”
“They were coming into the market 30-odd years later 1962 and at that time, the Model 70 was the baseline, but they saw an opening because they knew that Winchester was planning an upgrade that would ease manufacture but coarsen the product.”
“Physical attacks coarsen it rather more but so long as the victim is Bush rather than Obama do not elicit quite so much high-minded concern from the BBC.”
“The Sun has, in my view, done a great deal to coarsen and demean our public life, and it is ironic that the paper's strident and yobbish schtick is a million miles from the grand country-house lifestyle led by Ms. Wade.”
“He began to harden and coarsen into something Hollywood-horrible long before he became controversial for The Passion.”
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