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Coarsen   Listen

Make or become coarse or coarser.  "Their minds coarsened"
Make less subtle or refined.

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"Coarsen" Quotes from Famous Books

... silent, catlike tread. She was at his side before he knew it. It was the girl whom he had met on his way to the Manse the first day of his arrival. Jess's experience as a maid to her ladyship has stood her in good stead. She had a fineness of build which even the housework of a farm could not coarsen. Besides, Winsome considered Jess delicate, and did not allow her to lift anything really heavy. So it happened that when Ralph Peden came Jess was putting the fresh flowers in the great bowls of low relief chinaware—roses from the garden ...
— The Lilac Sunbonnet • S.R. Crockett

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