Definition of crass in US English:

crass

adjective

  • Lacking sensitivity, refinement, or intelligence.

    ‘the crass assumptions that men make about women’
    • ‘Over the next decade, the crass stupidity of the words must have haunted them.’
    • ‘There's something fundamentally crass and vaguely offensive about all of this, isn't there?’
    • ‘What I am saying is no one, absolutely no one, should have to put up with crass disrespect.’
    • ‘Not only he is he a crass bigot, and therefore worthy of shooting, but absolutely illogical.’
    • ‘For them, the West was crass, materialistic and, of course, morally rotten.’
    • ‘Yet I am not advocating a crass rationalism in which reverence, empathy and love have no place.’
    • ‘In place of serious musical appreciation we got crass superficiality.’
    • ‘By setting such a trap or permitting an employee to do so on a river where otters are breeding is crass stupidity.’
    • ‘It's just a maelstrom of shrieking children, crass commercialism, and ratcheting credit card debt.’
    • ‘It was a mindless and moronic act of political naivete and crass immaturity.’
    • ‘To state baldly that it's purely between the woman and her doctor is crass and simplistic at the very least.’
    • ‘As a result, the next generation was to tend towards political quietism and, worst of all, a crass materialism.’
    • ‘To ignore such an evident flowering of talent and achievement is not only crass stupidity but a wasted opportunity.’
    • ‘It seems staggeringly crass and inappropriate, but I understand his need to record this terrible scene.’
    • ‘It's crass, sadistic and appeals to the very worst in human nature.’
    • ‘I hope this doesn't appear crass, but it hints at the desperation of the survivors that we can help by sending rice to that region.’
    • ‘There's nothing wrong with a healthy spirit of crass commercialism, or even a whiff of naked greed these days, is there?’
    • ‘Some of the songs were straight from the top of the genius pile, while others were just crass, crude and downright stupid.’
    • ‘It is very often cheesy and crass, and is completely pretentious from start to finish!’
    • ‘Communal forces thrive on the crass ignorance of the masses concerning the essentials of their faith.’
    stupid, insensitive, blundering, dense, thick, vacuous, mindless, witless, doltish, oafish, boorish, asinine, bovine, coarse, gross
    gross, utter, sheer, downright, total, out-and-out, outright, very great, complete, absolute, thorough, perfect, blatant, unmitigated, unqualified, glaring, undisguised, naked
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Origin

Late 15th century (in the sense ‘dense or coarse’): from Latin crassus ‘solid, thick’.

Pronunciation

crass

/kræs//kras/