coarseness

Coarseness is a quality of roughness or graininess. You can feel the sand's coarseness when you sit on a beach.

There are two kinds of coarseness, but they're both rough. When you talk about the coarseness of the soil in your garden or the corn meal you're making muffins with, you mean that the particles are large and granular. Another kind of coarseness involves speaking or acting in a gross or vulgar way — someone who swears a lot and makes dirty jokes is displaying coarseness. Both types of coarseness show a lack of refinement.

Definitions of coarseness
  1. noun
    the quality of being composed of relatively large particles
    synonyms: graininess, granularity
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    types:
    sandiness
    a texture resembling that of sand
    type of:
    raggedness, roughness
    a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
  2. noun
    looseness or roughness in texture (as of cloth)
    synonyms: nubbiness, tweediness
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    type of:
    raggedness, roughness
    a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
  3. noun
    the quality of lacking taste and refinement
    synonyms: commonness, grossness, raunch, vulgarism, vulgarity
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    type of:
    inelegance
    the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
  4. noun
    language or humor that is down-to-earth
    synonyms: saltiness
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    type of:
    expressive style, style
    a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period
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