• (noun): The property of being coarse, roughness or primitiveness, unrefined or unpolished.
  • (noun): The quality or state of being coarse; as, coarseness of food, texture, manners, or language.

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  • (noun): the quality of lacking taste and refinement
  • (noun): looseness or roughness in texture (as of cloth)
  • (noun): the quality of being composed of relatively large particles
  • (noun): language or humor that is down-to-earth; "the saltiness of their language was inappropriate"; "self-parody and saltiness riddled their core genre"

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  • 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.

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