Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being coarse, in any sense.
- n. The property of being coarse, roughness or primitiveness, unrefined or unpolished.
- n. The quality or state of being coarse; as, coarseness of food, texture, manners, or language.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being coarse; roughness; inelegance; vulgarity; grossness.
- n. the quality of lacking taste and refinement
- n. looseness or roughness in texture (as of cloth)
- n. the quality of being composed of relatively large particles
- n. language or humor that is down-to-earth
- coarse + -ness (Wiktionary)
“They were pedantic disciples who united with all the affectations of the Italian style a certain German coarseness, and the outcome was a bastard style inferior to the earlier schools -- childish, stiff, and crude in color, with no sense of light and shade.”
“Then he recalled the coarseness and bluntness of her thoughts and the vulgarity of the expressions that were natural to her, though she had been brought up in the most aristocratic circles.”
“The great reproach always brought against Rabelais is not the want of reserve of his language merely, but his occasional studied coarseness, which is enough to spoil his whole work, and which lowers its value.”
“In proportion as the cultivation of the land was the more unconditionally the foundation of the Egyptian state, the idea of coarseness and barbarism was united with the idea of”
“The great point to be emphasised at such an initiation is this: that people, especially refined people, are not to judge of Dickens by what they would call the coarseness or commonplaceness of his subject.”
“I should like to add that what is called the coarseness of the eighteenth-century novel and romance is much more healthful than the nasty brutality of a school of our novelists -- who make up for their lack of talent and of wide experience by trying to excite animal instincts.”
“One who is narcissistically sensitive is easily offended by the "coarseness" of others, seeks to make his environment change to align with the contours of his needs, and gets angry or offended when this does not happen.”
“In effect, that's what the Clinton campaign now says in its latest fund-raising letter, where Clinton adviser Ann Lewis urges donors to "take a stand against this kind of coarseness and pettiness in American culture.”
“I don't know what "coarseness" Kersten is talking about on other points of the dial aside from the top-rated morning station, KQRS, so I can't really comment on that.”
“He had that combination of savoir-faire with a sort of well-groomed coarseness which is not uncommon in young doctors.”
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