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Definitions of vulgar

  1. conspicuously and tastelessly indecent; " coarse language"; " a crude joke"; " crude behavior"; " an earthy sense of humor"; " a revoltingly gross expletive"; " a vulgar gesture"; " full of language so vulgar it should have been edited"
  2. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; " he had coarse manners but a first- rate mind"; " behavior that branded him as common"; " an untutored and uncouth human being"; " an uncouth soldier-- a real tough guy"; " appealing to the vulgar taste for violence"; " the vulgar display of the newly rich"
  3. being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language; " common parlance"; " a vernacular term"; " vernacular speakers"; " the vulgar tongue of the masses"; " the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"
  4. of or associated with the great masses of people; " the common people in those days suffered greatly"; " behavior that branded him as common"; " his square plebeian nose"; " a vulgar and objectionable person"; " the unwashed masses"
  5. Of or pertaining to the mass, or multitude, of people; common; general; ordinary; public; hence, in general use; vernacular.
  6. Belonging or relating to the common people, as distinguished from the cultivated or educated; pertaining to common life; plebeian; not select or distinguished; hence, sometimes, of little or no value.
  7. Hence, lacking cultivation or refinement; rustic; boorish; also, offensive to good taste or refined feelings; low; coarse; mean; base; as, vulgar men, minds, language, or manners.
  8. Of or pertaining to the common people; common; general; unreflned; in bad taste; as, ain't is a vulgar expression; low; mean; as, a vulgar fellow.
  9. Vulgarly.
  10. Pertaining to or used by the common people, native: public: common: mean or low: rude.
  11. Pertaining to common people; common; low; indecent.
  12. Vulgarity.
  13. Pertaining to the common people; coarse or common; low; inelegant; unrefined; vernacular.
  14. Pertaining to the common people; used or practised by common people; vernacular; national; common; used by all classes; public; low; boorish; rude; unrefined.
  15. One of the common people; a vulgar person.
  16. Practised by the common people; common; vernacular, as in the vulgar tongue; offensively mean or low; rude; unrefined.

Usage examples for vulgar

  1. This is why there are so few with whom you care to become more intimate, and why you should avoid familiarity with vulgar people. – Counsels and Maxims From The Essays Of Arthur Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  2. Still, with a few exceptions, Arab greatness is the vulgar great, not the grand. – Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton
  3. At the most, she would be suspected of a vulgar curiosity. – The New Tenant by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. " It does sound disagreeable- vulgar, if you like, my child; but I cannot help being anxious about you. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  5. Such habits are vulgar in the lowest degree. – Martine's Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness by Arthur Martine
  6. Why is it that so blamed many of your fine old blue stockings are hunting jobs- Now don't be vulgar, Will, she cut in. – The Prince of Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon
  7. And I know that you are very particular in some things"- the words, now that they were said, struck him as unfortunate, and even vulgar-" and I shouldn't wish to annoy you-" " Oh, I understand. – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  8. Than these vulgar sounds, no doom spoken in thunder could have been more tremendous. – The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu
  9. If I had not felt some strange impulse of confidence in the lame beggar who hid his English under vulgar Arabic slang, I should have resented the coming of night. – Lord John in New York by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  10. Miss Block was sufficiently vulgar to have different manners for different classes of society. – The Eagle's Nest by S. E. Cartwright
  11. He listened to that counsel of vulgar wisdom which is disastrous to souls like his: " Do as others do." – Saint Augustin by Louis Bertrand
  12. She was not harsh or loud,- vulgar, or given to coarse manners, as might have been expected, and as he had been warned by his friends that he would find her. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  13. However, Master Mash's courage began to rise as he went home, and found himself farther from his formidable farmer; for he assured his companions, " that, if he had not been so vulgar a fellow, he would certainly call him out and pistol him." – The History of Sandford and Merton by Thomas Day
  14. What a vulgar expression for Fenton Candlish to use! – Pine Needles by Susan Bogert Warner
  15. The vulgar and the many are fit only to be led or driven. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  16. Oh that's the way they dress- the vulgarest of the vulgar! – What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  17. It's vulgar to go fast, its only butcher's hosses trot quick, and besides, there is no hurry- there is nothin' to do to home. – The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  18. Please state to the court what his treatment has been to you in the way of using vulgar language to you and calling you vile names. – Reno A Book of Short Stories and Information by Lilyan Stratton
  19. Had she come forward only a year or so after her father's tragedy, people might have said she was making profit of a vulgar sensation; it would have seemed in bad taste; necessity would have appeared to urge her. – The Whirlpool by George Gissing
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