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
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