coarsen 1805, from COARSE (Cf. coarse) + -EN (Cf. -en) (2).

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  • Coarsen — Coars en (k[=o]rs n), v. t. To make coarse or vulgar; as, to coarsen one s character. [R.] Graham. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coarsen — index debase Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • coarsen — ► VERB ▪ make or become coarse …   English terms dictionary

  • coarsen — [kôr′sən] vt., vi. to make or become coarse …   English World dictionary

  • coarsen — UK [ˈkɔː(r)s(ə)n] / US [ˈkɔrs(ə)n] verb Word forms coarsen : present tense I/you/we/they coarsen he/she/it coarsens present participle coarsening past tense coarsened past participle coarsened 1) [intransitive/transitive] to become rough and hard …   English dictionary

  • coarsen — verb To make more coarse. Because the wool is poor quality it will coarsen the fabric …   Wiktionary

  • coarsen — [[t]kɔ͟ː(r)s(ə)n[/t]] coarsens, coarsening, coarsened 1) V ERG If something coarsens or is coarsened, it becomes thicker or rougher in texture. Skin thickens, dries and coarsens after sun exposure. [V ed] ...his gnarled, coarsened features. [Also …   English dictionary

  • coarsen — verb (coarsened; coarsening) Date: 1805 transitive verb to make coarse intransitive verb to become coarse …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coarsen — /kawr seuhn, kohr /, v.t., v.i. to make or become coarse. [1795 1805; COARSE + EN1] * * * …   Universalium

  • coarsen — Synonyms and related words: adulterate, alloy, boss, brutify, canker, carnalize, cheapen, confound, contaminate, corrupt, debase, debauch, defile, deflower, degenerate, degrade, denature, deprave, desecrate, despoil, devalue, distort, gnarl,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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