vulgarize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vulgarize act in a vulgar manner "The drunkard tends to vulgarize"
    • v vulgarize debase and make vulgar "The Press has vulgarized Love and Marriage"
    • v vulgarize 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t. & i Vulgarize To make vulgar, or common. "Exhortation vulgarized by low wit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vulgarize To make vulgar or common.
    • vulgarize To produce vulgarity.
    • vulgarize To act in a vulgar manner.
    • vulgarize Also spelled vulgarise.
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    Gilbert%20K.%20Chesterton
    “The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    Cyril%20Connolly
    “Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of taste.”
  • William Nazlitt
    William Nazlitt
    “A thing is not vulgar merely because it is common”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “To endeavor to work upon the vulgar with fine sense is like attempting to hew blocks with a razor.”
  • Greek Proverb
    Greek Proverb
    “Think with the wise, but talk with the vulgar.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. vulgariser, LL. vulgarizare,

Usage

In literature:

The word has a vulgar sound even, and savours of a useless innovation.
"Home as Found" by James Fenimore Cooper
From this moment all interest in those who formed the vulgar mass was lost.
"The Bravo" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Such a storm of vulgar force has broke in.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
He is the most repulsive figure in the crowd, both vulgar and wicked.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord
Vulgar disagreeables between Bob, of all people, and his greatest friend!
"No Hero" by E.W. Hornung
The widow is a vulgar, pretentious husband-hunter, wholly without principle.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
His gross and cynical humor vulgarized whatever it touched.
"From Chaucer to Tennyson" by Henry A. Beers
The result is that we are a sensible, a good-humoured, and a vulgar nation.
"The Silent Isle" by Arthur Christopher Benson
No crime is vulgar, but all vulgarity is crime.
"Miscellanies" by Oscar Wilde
In selecting associates, studiously avoid those who are low, coarse, and vulgar in their behavior and manners.
"Golden Steps to Respectability, Usefulness and Happiness" by John Mather Austin
At home the girls rule the roost, if you will excuse a vulgar expression.
"Rough-Hewn" by Dorothy Canfield
Is that funny or vulgar?
"Plays: Lady Frederick, The Explorer, A Man of Honor" by William Somerset Maugham
This is a very vulgar, contemptible, and foolish pride; and is always seen through, and despised.
"The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners" by Eliza Leslie
At first she took her way through the cheap and vulgar main street of Greenpoint.
"An Ambitious Woman" by Edgar Fawcett
But its vulgarity is the exaggeration of a merit and not, as in England and the U.S., of a defect.
"The Letters of Henry James (volume I)" by Henry James
Thousands of people think that it is almost vulgar to take the part of the poor colored people in the South.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Here methods too vulgar for his temperament seemed to be the only ones.
"When It Was Dark" by Guy Thorne
It had laid a careless hand upon his own secret, touching it with an almost vulgar mockery.
"Satan Sanderson" by Hallie Erminie Rives
Shun banquets given by strangers and by the vulgar.
"The Teaching of Epictetus" by Epictetus
It is the delight of vulgar talent to dazzle and to blind the beholder.
"The Oxford Book of American Essays" by Various
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In poetry:

CLAUDIUS.
Ah! you speak but as the vulgar:
Is it not the bliss of blisses
To adore some lovely being
In the ideal, in the distance,
Almost as a vision?--
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Vigorous in thoughtan ever active mind,
A genius rais'd above the vulgar crowd,
Calmly sereneshe every wish resign'd,
And her full confidence in God avowed.
"To The Memory Of A Much Loved Sister" by Elizabeth Bath
SOLO. Our light, it's true, is not worth mention;
What can we do to gain attention.
When night and noon with vulgar glaring
A great big moon is always flaring.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"No vulgar Damon robs me of my rest;
Ianthe listens to no vulgar vow;
A prince, from gods descended, fires her breast;
A brilliant crown distinguishes his brow.
"Elegy XVI. He Suggests the Advantage of Birth To a Person of Merit" by William Shenstone
I scorn the Lydian River's golden Wave,
And all the vulgar Charms of human Life,
I only ask to live my Delia's Slave,
And when I long have serv'd her, call her Wife:
"Elegy VIII" by James Hammond
For that ye were so discontent,
To rhyme them a while ye spent,
And idle names ye did invent,
To ca' the folk,
Sic vulgar rhyme nae man will prent,
But will ye mock.
"Address To Doggerels" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

In America, they are often perceived as unnecessarily vulgar, or as a cheap way to spice up an otherwise stale joke.
What College Admission Officers Don't Like Seeing On Facebook: Vulgarity , Drinking Photos & 'Illegal Activities'.
The vulgarity of the Obama push for Castro Care has triggered a socialist ally, the Washington Post, to raise its eyebrows WE UNDERSTAND the administration's sense of urgency on health-care reform.
Take various video clips, time your unnecessary bleep around vulgar sounding words and voila.
The vandals have repeatedly spray painted vulgar graffiti at the park.
The Koran burning by Pastor Terry Jones is legal as is the newest Broadway show of the ultra vulgar "The Book of Mormon".
He understood the power of vulgarity .
"I love vulgarity ," she once said.
Versace used vulgarity Italian-style and he sprinkled it on pretty liberally.
Is Food Production Vulgar .
Anything that lifts the veil to constantly remind us what's going on behind the drywall or the storefronts is considered unsightly, even vulgar .
(AP) R&B singer Chris Brown has taken down his Twitter account after a vulgar online exchange with comedian Jenny Johnson.
Pantera's ' Vulgar Display of Power' Turns 20.
Vulgar gesture marks Archuleta's victory in New Mexico.
Under fire for ' vulgar ' tweets.
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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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