(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. rough, harsh-textured, coarse-grained; uncouth, rude, crude, crass, vulgar, gross, unrefined; broad, bawdy, ribald. See roughness, discourtesy, impurity, texture. Ant., smooth, delicate, refined.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Not fine or smooth]
Syn. rough, harsh, grainy, granular; see crude 1 , rough 1 .
2. [Lacking in refinement]
Syn. vulgar, crude, unrefined, indelicate, unpolished, rude, rough, uncouth, crass, gross, obscene, ribald, indecent; see also lewd 1 , ribald , rude 1 , vulgar 1 .
3. [Of poor quality]
Syn. inferior, second-rate, common; see common 1 , poor 2 .
Syn.- coarse , in this comParison, implies such a lack of refinement in manners or speech as to be offensive to one's aesthetic or moral sense [coarse laughter ] ; gross suggests a crudeness or coarseness that is brutish or repellent [gross table manners ] ; indelicate suggests impropriety, immodesty, or tactlessness [ an indelicate remark ] ; vulgar emphasizes a lack of culture, refinement, or good taste [vulgar ostentation ] , or may imply indecency [vulgar language ] ; obscene is used of that which is offensive to decency and implies lewdness [obscene gestures ] ; ribald suggests such mild indecency or lewdness as might bring laughter from those who are not too squeamish [ribald jokes ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. rough gritty, scratchy, grainy, harsh, unpolished, bumpy, bristly, unrefined.
2. inferior poor, second-rate, shoddy, common, mediocre.
3. vulgar unrefined, crude, rough-hewn, crass, uncouth, offensive, uncultured, earthy, foulmouthed, ill-mannered, churlish, impolite.
ANT.: 1. smooth, polished, refined. 2. superior, firstrate, high quality. 3. refined, cultured, polite, gentlemanly, well-mannered
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Lacking in delicacy or refinement: barbarian, barbaric, boorish, churlish, crass, crude, gross, ill-bred, indelicate, philistine, rough, rude, tasteless, uncivilized, uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, unpolished, unrefined, vulgar. See COURTESY, SMOOTH. 2. Offensive to accepted standards of decency: barnyard, bawdy, broad, dirty, Fescennine, filthy, foul, gross, lewd, nasty, obscene, profane, ribald, scatologic, scatological, scurrilous, smutty, vulgar. Slang: raunchy. See DECENT. 3. Consisting of or covered with large particles: grainy, granular, gritty, rough. See SMOOTH. 4. Having a surface that is not smooth: cragged, craggy, harsh, ironbound, jagged, ragged, rough, rugged, scabrous, uneven. See SMOOTH.

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