Coarsen - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkɔːrsn|  American pronunciation of the word coarsen
Brit.  |ˈkɔːs(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word coarsen


- make or become coarse or coarser

coarsen the surface
Their minds coarsened

- make less subtle or refined

coarsen one's ideals


Her hands were coarsened by years of hard work.

He was coarsened by his time in prison.

offensive words that coarsen the English language

The book describes how popular culture has coarsened in recent decades.

Her voice has coarsened with the years.

Hard work had coarsened his hands.

He's been coarsened by his experience of war.

Their minds coarsened

Word forms

I/you/we/they: coarsen
he/she/it: coarsens
present participle: coarsening
past tense: coarsened
past participle: coarsened
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