Word of the day

The word for today is…

crass (adj) – So crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1540s, “thick, coarse, gross, not thin or fine,” from Middle French crasse (16th century), from Latin crassus “solid, thick, fat; dense,” which is of unknown origin.

The literal sense always has been rare in English. The meaning in reference to personal qualities, etc., “grossly stupid, obtuse” is recorded from 1650s, from French. Middle English had cras “slow, sluggish, tardy” (mid-15th century), also crassitude “thickness.”

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