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  • crass commercialism
  • There’s class and then there’s crass.
  • not so crass as to admit her true intentions
  • She considers most people to be too crass to appreciate her art.

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  • I know it’s really cheesy—crass even—to compare my being dumped to the accident that killed Mia’s family, but I can’t help it.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "It can’t be crass," Cal argued.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Yes, sometimes some of the applications of the internet could be a bit crass and commercial, but for every one commercial application, there were three like this, proactive applications ’that used the power of the technology to improve humanity.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • He’d never been so crass as to directly ask her late husband how he managed to accumulate such large amounts of cash, but it didn’t take a Rhodes scholar to deduce that Barlowe must have been doing something at least marginally illegal.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • He waits for Neumann Two to come around the truck and say something crass, to spoil it, but he doesn’t, and neither does Bernd, maybe they don’t see her at all, maybe this one pure thing will escape their defilement, and the girl sings as she swings, a high song that Werner recognizes, a counting song that girls jumping rope in the alley behind Children’s House used to sing, Eins, zwei, Polizei, drei, vier, Offizier, and how he would like to join her, push her higher and higher,…
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • To one crass man he said, "What you are failing to understand is that this parody of Christianity you talk so warmly about can only make sense to people who are Christians.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River

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  • I have come to think of marriage as dishonorable, a crass trade-off rather than a free gift.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • She knew that behind their crass jokes and lascivious grins, they were terrified of Masooma.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Thus it is only the crass layman who thinks that we put up stone walls.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Only the crassest ignoramus can still hold to the old-fashioned notion that seeing is believing.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In Blomkvist’s eyes, Borg had been a third-rate reporter and a troublesome person who annoyed everyone around him with crass jokes and made disparaging remarks about the more experienced, older reporters.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "As if ghos’es ’ud want to be believed in by anybody so ignirant!" said Mr. Macey, in deep disgust at the farrier’s crass incompetence to apprehend the conditions of ghostly phenomena.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • And the Baron thought; Let us see now how the Emperors errand boy gets across whatever message he carries without ever being so crass as to speak it right out.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Imagine being such a brilliant philosopher and yet such a crass idiot!
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Nobody down here ever wants to be rich-rich, for that, of course, would be crass and vulgar.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • He did not even have to be told in words that he had surely found the lost Lucas Burch; it seemed to him now that only crassest fatuousness and imbecility should have kept unaware.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • If she had occasion to find fault, she did it coolly and with perfect politeness, which the defaulter felt to be a bigger insult than crassness.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • To put it crassly.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Enough that in the present case, as in millions, it was not the two halves of a perfect whole that confronted each other at the perfect moment; a missing counterpart wandered independently about the earth waiting in crass obtuseness till the late time came.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Would you by any chance know their last names? I mean, it seems so crass to address envelopes simply to ’Janine’ and ’Claude.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • When he was on his feet with the flowered cloth of her beach dress on his shoulders, it made something crass but brave, his standing up raw and sunburned, by the pure streak of the water, as if he were being playful about the wearing of this girl’s favor.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • If you were crass, lowborn, or socially offensive, it would have made no difference to the proud inhabitants South of Broad that you owned France; they would not invite you to their homes.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And why, anyhow, and except for her crass determination to force him in this way, should he be compelled to track here and there with her—every hour—every minute of which was torture—an unending mental crucifixion really, when, if he were but rid of her!
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • (He had opened his book.) But what remained intolerable, she thought, sitting upright, and watching Macalister’s boy tug the hook out of the gills of another fish, was that crass blindness and tyranny of his which had poisoned her childhood and raised bitter storms, so that even now she woke in the night trembling with rage and remembered some command of his; some insolence: "Do this,"
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • It is our duty to shield her from the crass material world as much as possible.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • When Velutha arrived, Mammachi lost her bearings and spewed her blind venom, her crass, insufferable insults, at a panel in the sliding-folding door until Baby Kochamma tactfully swiveled her around and aimed her rage in the right direction, at Velutha standing very still in the gloom.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • There were many crass minds in Middlemarch whose reflective scales could only weigh things in the lump; and they had a strong suspicion that since Mr. Bulstrode could not enjoy life in their fashion, eating and drinking so little as he did, and worreting himself about everything, he must have a sort of vampire’s feast in the sense of mastery.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …arrogating to herself, because it fills her veins also, nourishment from the old blood that crossed uncharted seas and continents and battled wilderness hardships and lurking circumstances and fatalities, with tranquil disregard of whatever onerous carks to leisure and even peace which the preservation of it incurs upon what might be called the contemporary transmutable fountainhead who contrives to keep the crass foodbearing corpuscles sufficiently numerous and healthy in the stream.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Too much color and it begins looking crass.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • It seems an odd and crass way to treat your saviors, Your Honor.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • I always found him crass and terribly nouveau dieu, personally.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • I leave that crass behavior to my gusty brethren in the north.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Does the fact look crass[698] and material, threatening to degrade thy theory of spirit?
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • But the Depression came along, and Bel Air decided to take even the money of the vulgar and crass.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • The glare from the many windows, and the rather crass interest of several men, drove her back to her own section.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • There Kerouac joined the poet Allen Ginsberg and others in the Beat Movement, in alcohol-and-drug-fueled protest against the conformity and crass consumerism of 1950s America, which made them feel beaten, longing for the beatitude, or blessedness, of the natural world.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • And then I saw her make the Sign of the Crass and walk back to her sisters within.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • But when one is deeply moved, one has the courage to say things that may sound crass and irreverent, but are more solemn than authorized words of piety.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The burn-scarred, crassly bearded face was the wreck of the eldest brother’s life, and the gentle eyes looking out through that monstrous corruption of flesh were to Hodge like tokens brought back from the dead as a sign.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • All I’m saying is that it’s crass to plaster your good deeds up on a billboard.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Then, as though he had suddenly become exhausted—or, rather, depleted by the demands made on him by a world greedy for the fruit of his intellect—he began to massage the side of his face with the flat of his hand, removing, with unconscious crassness, a bit of sleep from one eye.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Mr. Holabird’s statement is not only crass and derogatory, it is totally without merit and slanders my clients.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • The things being done on the stage were merely trite and crass; but the undercurrent made them frightening.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Aren’t you being rather crass?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • "That’s a crass lie," Martin said.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • ] [Footnote 698: Crass.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
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