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  • Difference Between Crass and Cross

    Crass vs Cross

    These two words differ in the central vowel. ‘a’ and ‘o’. The first one is a negative word and refers to bland, crude or even the ugly. The cross refers to the Christian symbol and also to meet across one’s path. the cross roads. etc.

    Now read the following point to point.

    A thesaurus puts crass (of persons) so unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility
    unrefined is used of persons and their behavior when not refined; uncouth; “How can a refined girl be drawn to such an unrefined man?”
    As an adjective crass refers to insensitive, stupid, gross, blundering, dense, coarse, witless, boorish, obtuse, unrefined, asinine, indelicate, oafish, lumpish, doltish themes. They have behaved with crass insensitivity.
    Its antonyms include bright, sharp, smart, sensitive, polished, clever, intelligent, elegant, refined, brainy (informal)

    crass [kræs] Adj (pej) (= extreme) (stupidity] → extremo; [mistake] → craso; (= coarse) [person, behaviour] → grosero, maleducado; [performance] → malo, desastroso
    crass [ˈkræs] adj [stupidity] → crasse; [insensitivity] → grossier/ière; [commercialism] → grossier/ière; [remark, comment] → grossier/ière
    1. without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; gross; obtuse; stupid: crass commercialism; a crass misrepresentation of the facts.
    2. Archaic . thick; coarse.

    1535–45; (Middle French)

    1. dull, boorish, oafish, indelicate.
    Rhymes: -æs

    1.coarse; crude; not refined or sensible

    (coarse; crude; not refined or sensible): delicate, sensible, refined

    adj crass [krӕs]
    1 very obvious or very great a crass mistake.
    2 stupid.
    3 insensitive.

    Also remember that Crass are an English punk rock band formed in 1977, which promoted anarchism as a political ideology, way of living, and as a resistance movement. Crass popularised the seminal anarcho-punk movement of the punk subculture, and advocated direct action, animal rights, and environmentalism. The band both utilized and advocated a DIY punk ethic approach, producing sound collages, graphics, albums, and films. Crass also criticised mainstream culture and attempted to subvert it with messages promoting feminism, anti-racism, anti-war, and anti-globalisation.

    Crass practiced ‘direct action’ by spray-painting stencilled graffiti messages around the London Underground system and on advertising billboards, coordinating squats, and organising political action. The band also expressed its ideals by dressing in black, military surplus-style clothing, and using a stage backdrop which amalgamated several ‘icons of authority’, including the Christian Cross, the swastika, the Union Flag, and an Ouroboros.

    Now turn to the worrd Cross with ‘o’ in place of ‘a’ in the former word.
    n: a structure or symbol consisting essentially of two intersecting lines or pieces at right angles to one another
    2. a wooden structure used as a means of execution, consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece to which people were nailed or tied
    3. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) a representation of the Cross used as an emblem of Christianity or as a reminder of Christ’s death
    4. any mark or shape consisting of two intersecting lines, esp such a symbol (✕) used as a signature, point of intersection, error mark, etc.
    5. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) a sign representing the Cross made either by tracing a figure in the air or by touching the forehead, breast, and either shoulder in turn
    6. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) any conventional variation of the Christian symbol, used emblematically, decoratively, or heraldically, such as a Maltese, tau, or Greek cross
    7. (History / Heraldry) Heraldry any of several charges in which one line crosses or joins another at right angles
    8. (Military) a cruciform emblem awarded to indicate membership of an order or as a decoration for distinguished service
    9. (Christian Religious Writings / Theology) (sometimes capital) Christianity or Christendom, esp as contrasted with non-Christian religions Cross and Crescent
    10. (Social Science / Human Geography) the place in a town or village where a cross has been set up
    11. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Building) a pipe fitting, in the form of a cross, for connecting four pipes
    12. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) Biology
    a. the process of crossing; hybridization
    b. an individual produced as a result of this process
    13. a mixture of two qualities or types he’s a cross between a dictator and a saint
    14. an opposition, hindrance, or misfortune; affliction (esp in the phrase bear one’s cross)
    15. Slang a match or game in which the outcome has been rigged
    16. Slang a fraud or swindle
    17. (Individual Sports & Recreations / Boxing) Boxing a straight punch delivered from the side, esp with the right hand
    18. (Team Sports / Soccer) Football the act or an instance of kicking or passing the ball from a wing to the middle of the field
    on the cross
    a. diagonally
    b. Slang dishonestly
    1. (sometimes foll by over) to move or go across (something); traverse or intersect we crossed the road
    a. to meet and pass the two trains crossed
    b. (of each of two letters in the post) to be dispatched before receipt of the other
    3. (tr; usually foll by out, off, or through) to cancel with a cross or with lines; delete
    4. (tr) to place or put in a form resembling a cross to cross one’s legs
    5. (tr) to mark with a cross or crosses
    6. (Economics, Accounting & Finance / Banking & Finance) (tr) Brit to draw two parallel lines across the face of (a cheque) and so make it payable only into a bank account
    7. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) (tr)
    a. to trace the form of the Cross, usually with the thumb or index finger upon (someone or something) in token of blessing
    b. to make the sign of the Cross upon (oneself)
    8. (Electronics & Computer Science / Telecommunications) (intr) (of telephone lines) to interfere with each other so that three or perhaps four callers are connected together at one time
    9. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) to cause fertilization between (plants or animals of different breeds, races, varieties, etc.)
    10. (tr) to oppose the wishes or plans of; thwart his opponent crosses him at every turn
    11. (Team Sports / Football Terms (both Rugby & Soccer)) Football to kick or pass (the ball) from a wing to the middle of the field
    12. (Transport / Nautical Terms) (tr) Nautical to set (the yard of a square sail) athwartships
    cross a bridge when one comes to it to deal with matters, problems, etc., as they arise; not to anticipate difficulties;
    cross one’s fingers to fold one finger across another in the hope of bringing good luck keep your fingers crossed;
    cross one’s heart to promise or pledge, esp by making the sign of a cross over one’s heart;
    cross one’s mind to occur to one briefly or suddenly;
    someone’s palm to give someone money;
    cross the path (of) to meet or thwart (someone);
    cross swords to argue or fight.

    A cross is a geometrical figure consisting of two lines or bars perpendicular to each other, dividing one or two of the lines in half. The lines usually run vertically and horizontally; if they run obliquely, the design is technically termed a saltire, although the arms of a saltire need not meet at right angles.

    The cross is one of the most ancient human symbols, and is used by many religions, including Christianity. It is frequently a representation of the division of the world into four elements (Chevalier, 1997) or cardinal points, or alternately as the union of the concepts of divinity, the vertical line, and the world, the horizontal line (Koch, 1955).
    The word cross comes ultimately from Latin crux, a Roman torture device used for crucifixion, via Old Irish cros. The word was introduced to English in the 10th century as the term for the instrument of the torturous execution of Jesus as described in the New Testament, gradually replacing the earlier word rood.

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