vulgarise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vulgarise act in a vulgar manner "The drunkard tends to vulgarize"
    • v vulgarise debase and make vulgar "The Press has vulgarized Love and Marriage"
    • v vulgarise cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use "They popularized coffee in Washington State","Relativity Theory was vulgarized by these authors"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Vulgarise to make vulgar or rude
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vulgarisvulgus, the people.

Usage

In literature:

It MUST BE common; it must be vulgarised.
"The Octopus" by Frank Norris
His marriage to that woman has hopelessly vulgarised him.
"Vanity Fair" by William Makepeace Thackeray
It has been vulgarised.
"New Grub Street" by George Gissing
In short, poor as they may be, the Scottish versions are those of a people not yet wholly vulgarised, not yet lost to romance.
"The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories" by Andrew Lang
They were behind the times only in the sense of escaping, by seclusion, those modern tendencies which vulgarise.
"The Crown of Life" by George Gissing
How she vulgarises that pretty girl, her cousin, by mere contrast!
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
It was the hour vulgarised in drawing-room ballads as the 'gloaming.
"The Book-Bills of Narcissus" by Le Gallienne, Richard
The very room seemed vulgarised by the change.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
But the thought of making Lords by batches vulgarised the King's majesty, and reversed the order of nature.
"Essays in Rebellion" by Henry W. Nevinson
The telescope has banished Phoebus and Diana from our literature, and the spectroscope has vulgarised the stars.
"A Trip to Venus" by John Munro
I have not vulgarised myself or them.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
Let us not vulgarise our books, as she has done her stars and flowers.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
She so persistently vulgarised the affair.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
Such a supposition would merely be to vulgarise and to stultify the divine and elusive mystery.
"Little Essays of Love and Virtue" by Havelock Ellis
It is the theatre which vulgarises these things; the modern theatre in which we see no altar!
"The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846" by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
His subjects are a rather vulgarised edition of some of Beethoven's ideas in their unfinished state.
"Musicians of To-Day" by Romain Rolland
I suppose all would be wofully exaggerated and painfully vulgarised by the actors and actresses on such a stage.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
You can't vulgarise that.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
The modern method is to vulgarise them.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
Vulgarising our names, some people say; but never mind, we found rest, prosperity, and peace.
"Of High Descent" by George Manville Fenn
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