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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kawrs, kohrs]
    • /kɔrs, koʊrs/
    • /ˈkɔːsnəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kawrs, kohrs]
    • /kɔrs, koʊrs/

Definitions of coarseness word

  • adjective coarseness composed of relatively large parts or particles: The beach had rough, coarse sand. 1
  • adjective coarseness lacking in fineness or delicacy of texture, structure, etc.: The stiff, coarse fabric irritated her skin. 1
  • adjective coarseness harsh; grating. 1
  • adjective coarseness lacking delicacy, taste, or refinement; unpolished: He had coarse manners but an absolutely first-rate mind. 1
  • adjective coarseness of inferior or faulty quality; common; base. 1
  • adjective coarseness vulgar; obscene; crude: His coarse language angered us. 1

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Origin of coarseness

First appearance:

before 1550
One of the 31% oldest English words
First recorded in 1550-60; earlier cors(e), course, cowarce; of obscure origin

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Parts of speech for Coarseness


coarseness popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

coarseness usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for coarseness

noun coarseness

  • harshness — ungentle and unpleasant in action or effect: harsh treatment; harsh manners.
  • rawness — uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.
  • smut — a particle of soot; sooty matter.
  • roughness — having a coarse or uneven surface, as from projections, irregularities, or breaks; not smooth: rough, red hands; a rough road.
  • ribaldry — ribald character, as of language; scurrility.

Antonyms for coarseness

noun coarseness

  • manners — mainour.
  • sophistication — sophisticated character, ideas, tastes, or ways as the result of education, worldly experience, etc.: the sophistication of the wealthy.
  • delicacy — Delicacy is the quality of being easy to break or harm, and refers especially to people or things that are attractive or graceful.
  • politeness — showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply.
  • refinement — fineness or elegance of feeling, taste, manners, language, etc.

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