vulgarism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vulgarism the quality of lacking taste and refinement
    • n vulgarism an offensive or indecent word or phrase
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vulgarism A vulgar phrase or expression. "A fastidious taste will find offense in the occasional vulgarisms , or what we now call “slang,” which not a few of our writers seem to have affected."
    • Vulgarism Grossness; rudeness; vulgarity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vulgarism Coarseness, rudeness, or grossness of manners; vulgarity; commonness.
    • n vulgarism A phrase or expression used only in common colloquial, especially in coarse, speech.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Vulgarism a vulgar phrase: coarseness
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.”
  • Albert Camus
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    “The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.”
  • G. Darley
    G. Darley
    “Fashionabilty is a kind of elevated vulgarity.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. vulgarisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vulgarisvulgus, the people.

Usage

In literature:

Monica's epistle, in spite of that touch of vulgarity which she had deplored, had held out some grains of comfort.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
They wouldn't mind having passions and giving them rein; they wouldn't think it vulgar, or even tedious, to lead loose lives.
"Dangerous Ages" by Rose Macaulay
The mistake that the vulgar make is to suppose that "right" means the solution of one particular problem.
"Art" by Clive Bell
Mrs. Andrews's vulgarities and her husband's vain repetitions began to pall upon the anxious girl.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
It has become so vulgar.
"The Black Cat" by John Todhunter
Epigrams and neat comparisons are much easier to make than is vulgarly supposed.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
Impossible to take any impression from her, to say where her gaiety ended and her vulgarity began.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Apparently the vulgar Branghtons were not vulgar enough to smoke.
"The Social History of Smoking" by G. L. Apperson
Commercial vulgarity helped you along.
"The Treasure of Heaven" by Marie Corelli
This is called the common hard-rind fungus, or Scleroderma vulgare.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
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In poetry:

Wha'll buy my caller herrin'?
Oh, ye may ca' them vulgar farin';
Wives and mithers, maist despairin',
Ca' them lives o' men.
Wha'll buy my caller herrin',
New drawn frae the Forth?
"Caller Herrin'" by Carolina Oliphant
I saw him faint! I saw him sink to rest!
Like one ordain'd to swell the vulgar throng;
As though the Virtues had not warm'd his breast,
As though the Muses not inspired his tongue.
"Elegy III. On the Untimely Death of a Certain Learned Acquainance" by William Shenstone
"'Twas then a peasant pour'd his amorous vow,
All as I listen'd to his vulgar strain;—
Yet such his beauty—would my birth allow,
Dear were the youth, and blissful were the plain.
"Elegy XVI. He Suggests the Advantage of Birth To a Person of Merit" by William Shenstone
Curse the sad fortune that detains thy fair;
Praise the soft hours that gave thee to her arms;
Paint thy proud scorn of every vulgar care,
When hope exalts thee, or when doubt alarms.
"Elegy I. He Arrives at His Retirement in the Country" by William Shenstone
Make your voice ring, throughout the church, aloud,
So angels praise the Lord in paradise!
Make yourselves known above the vulgar crowd,
And shine, like stars, when they illume the skies.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
Thou whose bold flight would leave earth's vulgar crowds,
And like the eagle soar above the clouds,
Must feel the pang that fallen angels know
When the red lightning strikes thee from below!
"Poem For The Two Hundred And Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Founding Of Harvard College" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

While we realize that students are students and not full blown adults, one can expect a little less vulgar behavior at a South Dakota game.
Denvers ABC affiliate is catching heat for accidently airing a phony, vulgar.
Denver’s ABC affiliate is catching heat for accidently airing a phony, vulgar cover of Paula Broadwell’s now-infamous biography of General David Petraeus, AmericaBlog first reported.
) These days, it seems popular amusement is so much more vulgar than anything the Queen could have imagined.
CNN — Chris Brown has deleted his Twitter account after getting into a vulgar war of words with comedian and writer Jenny Johnson on Sunday.
Vulgar gesture marks Archuleta's victory in New Mexico.
Vulgar graffiti on signs for several political candidates in Donna.
Rockin' and cookin' with Human Eye frontman Timmy Vulgar.
Pantera Vulgar Display Of Power.
Published Thursday, August 25, 2011, at 12:09 a.m. America must love its reality shows because they just keep coming, like a big ugly freight train of vulgarity, excess and questionable parenting.
(AP) — A newly elected state lawmaker in New Mexico is facing heat after a newly posted YouTube video showed him giving an opponent's campaign worker a vulgar gesture on Election Day.
Calle 13's Bold Innovation, Vulgarity.
How vulgar can you be.
Under fire for ' vulgar ' tweets.
Vulgar T-Shirts Debated on Wildwood Boardwalk.
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In science:

Some of them also post vulgar materials that make an embarrass situation for other bloggers.
Algorithm and Implementation of the Blog-Post Supervision Process
The contrast with the vulgar conception of physical space as a container containing a multitude of self-existent substances (forms filled with stuff or pointlike bits of stuff ) could hardly be greater.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
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