(of persons) so unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility
coarse; crude; not refined or sensible
Origin: From crassus.
gross; thick; dense; coarse; not elaborated or refined
Origin: [L. crassus thick, fat, gross, prob. orig., closely woven. See Grease animal fat, and cf. Crate, Hurdle.]
Crass were an English punk rock band that was formed in 1977, which promoted anarchism as a political ideology, a way of living, and a resistance movement. Crass popularised the seminal anarcho-punk movement of the punk subculture, and advocated direct action, animal rights, and environmentalism. The band both utilised and advocated a DIY punk ethic approach, producing sound collages, leaflets, albums, and films. Crass practiced "direct action" by spray-painting stencilled graffiti messages around the London Underground system and on advertising billboards, coordinating squats, and organising political action. The band also expressed its ideals by dressing in black, military surplus-style clothing, and using a stage backdrop which amalgamated several "icons of authority" including the Christian Cross, the swastika, the Union Flag, and an Ouroboros. The band were critical of punk subculture itself, as well as wider youth culture in general. Crass promoted the type of anarchism that eventually became more common in the punk music scene. They are also considered involved with the art punk genre, due to their use of tape collages, graphics, spoken word releases, poetry and improvisation.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kras, adj. gross: thick: dense: stupid.—ns. Crassament′um, the thick part of coagulated blood: the clot; Crass′itude, coarseness: density: stupidity.—adv. Crass′ly.—n. Crass′ness.—n.pl. Crassulā′ceæ, an order of herbaceous or shrubby, succulent plants—including the Stone-crop and House-leek. [O. Fr. cras—L. crassus.]
The numerical value of crass in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of crass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I'm really rich -- that's the kind of mindset, that's the kind of thinking you need for this country, somebody said, 'Oh, that's crass.' It's not crass.'.
Boredom is a sign of satisfied ignorance, blunted apprehension, crass sympathies, dull understanding, feeble powers of attention, and irreclaimable weakness of character.
I despair of the Republic! Such dreariness, such whining sallow women, such utter absence of the amenities, such crass food, crass manners, crass landscape!! What a horror it is for a whole nation to be developing without the sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.
It was a crass and clumsy gesture from an increasingly isolated tin pot despot, a morally deranged authoritarian who was at that very moment clinging desperately onto political power in the face of international sanctions and a rising chorus of international condemnation, after years of negotiation and appeasement, the world has lost its patience now with Mr Putin's judo politics and his cringing hard-man photo opportunities.
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- crasCatalan, Valencian
- dicht, krassGerman
- röyhkeä, karkeaFinnish
- crasse, grossier, grossièreFrench
- vaskos, durvaHungarian
- ongevoelig, dicht, insensibel, opeengepakt, materialistisch, grof, ruwDutch
- crasso, grosseiroPortuguese
- grosolan, grosier, crasRomanian
- материалисти́чный, гру́бый, мерканти́льный, приземлённыйRussian
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