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[kras] /kræs/
adjective, crasser, crassest.
without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; gross; obtuse; stupid:
crass commercialism; a crass misrepresentation of the facts.
Archaic. thick; coarse.
Origin of crass
1535-45; (< Middle French) < Latin crassus thick, dense, fat, heavy
Related forms
crassly, adverb
crassness, noun
1. dull, boorish, oafish, indelicate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for crassest
Historical Examples
  • Common-sense truthfulnessTell us, at Christmas, youth's crassest of crass ages.

  • Therefore "the recognition of any special laws is a sign of the crassest ignorance."

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • I said I'd risk appearing the crassest, contradictoriest wretch that ever drew breath.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • For four hundred years Israel had dwelt in Egypt, surrounded by the crassest idolatry.

    The Pursuit of God A. W. Tozer
British Dictionary definitions for crassest


stupid; gross
Derived Forms
crassly, adverb
crassness, crassitude, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin crassus thick, dense, gross
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Word Origin and History for crassest



1540s, from Middle French crasse (16c.), from Latin crassus "solid, thick, fat; dense." The literal sense always has been rare in English; meaning "grossly stupid" is recorded from 1650s, from French. Related: Crassly; crassness.

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