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coarsen definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: make or become coarse or coarser; "coarsen the surface"; "Their minds coarsened"
2: make less subtle or refined; "coarsen one's ideals"

Merriam Webster's

verb (coarsened; coarsening) Date: 1805 transitive verb to make coarse intransitive verb to become coarse

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. & intr. make or become coarse.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Coarsen Coars"en (k[=o]rs"'n), v. t. To make coarse or vulgar; as, to coarsen one's character. [R.] --Graham.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(coarsens, coarsening, coarsened) 1. If something coarsens or is coarsened, it becomes thicker or rougher in texture. Skin thickens, dries and coarsens after sun exposure. ...his gnarled, coarsened features. VERB: V, V-ed, also V n 2. If someone's behaviour or speech coarsens or if they coarsen it, they become less polite or they begin to speak in a less pleasant way. Her voice has deepened and coarsened with the years... He had coarsened his voice to an approximation of Cockney. VERB: V, V n

Moby Thesaurus

adulterate, alloy, boss, brutify, canker, carnalize, cheapen, confound, contaminate, corrupt, debase, debauch, defile, deflower, degenerate, degrade, denature, deprave, desecrate, despoil, devalue, distort, gnarl, grain, granulate, horripilate, infect, knob, misuse, pervert, pimple, poison, pollute, popularize, prostitute, ravage, ravish, rough, rough up, roughen, smooth, stud, taint, tooth, twist, ulcerate, violate, vitiate, vulgarize, warp



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