coarseness

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Coarseness \Coarse"ness\ (k[=o]rs"n[e^]s), noun The quality or state of being coarse; roughness; inelegance; vulgarity; grossness; as, coarseness of food, texture, manners, or language. "The coarseness of the sackcloth." --Dr. H. More.

Pardon the coarseness of the illustration. --L'Estrange.

A coarseness and vulgarity in all the proceedings. --Burke.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

coarseness

noun

1: language or humor that is down-to-earth; "the saltiness of their language was inappropriate"; "self-parody and saltiness riddled their core genre" [syn: {saltiness}, {coarseness}]

2: the quality of being composed of relatively large particles [syn: {coarseness}, {graininess}, {granularity}]

3: looseness or roughness in texture (as of cloth) [syn: {coarseness}, {nubbiness}, {tweediness}]

4: the quality of lacking taste and refinement [syn: {coarseness}, {commonness}, {grossness}, {vulgarity}, {vulgarism}, {raunch}]


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