American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Crudely indecent.
- adj. Deficient in taste, delicacy, or refinement.
- adj. Marked by a lack of good breeding; boorish. See Synonyms at common.
- adj. Offensively excessive in self-display or expenditure; ostentatious: the huge vulgar houses and cars of the newly rich.
- adj. Spoken by or expressed in language spoken by the common people; vernacular: the technical and vulgar names for an animal species.
- adj. Of or associated with the great masses of people; common.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the common people; suited to or practised among the multitude; plebeian: as, vulgar life; vulgar sports.
- Common; in general use; customary; usual; ordinary.
- Hence, national; vernacular: as, the vulgar tongue; the vulgar version of the Scriptures; in zoology and botany, specifically, vernacular or trivial, as opposed to scientific or technical, in the names or naming of plants and animals. See pseudonym, 2.
- Pertaining or belonging to the lower or less refined class of people: unrefined; hence, coarse; offensive to good taste; rude; boorish; low; mean; base: as, vulgar men, language, minds, or manners.
- Synonyms and Ordinary, etc. See common.
- Rustic, low-bred.
- n. A vulgar person; one of the common people: used only in the plural.
- n. The vernacular tongue or common language of a country.
- adj. Debased, uncouth, distasteful, obscene.
- adj. classical sense Having to do with ordinary, common people.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the mass, or multitude, of people; common; general; ordinary; public; hence, in general use; vernacular.
- adj. 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.
- adj. Hence, lacking cultivation or refinement; rustic; boorish; also, offensive to good taste or refined feelings; low; coarse; mean; base.
- n. obsolete One of the common people; a vulgar person.
- n. obsolete The vernacular, or common language.
- adj. conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
- adj. being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language
- adj. of or associated with the great masses of people
- adj. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
- Middle English, from Latin vulgāris, from volgus, vulgus ("mob; common folk"), from Proto-Indo-European *wl̥k- (compare Welsh gwala ("plenty, sufficiency"), Ancient Greek ἁλία (halia, "assembly") εἰλέω (eileō, " to compress"), Old Church Slavonic вєликъ (velikŭ, "great"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin vulgāris, from vulgus, the common people. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And it was he that might rightly say, _Veni, vidi, vici_; which to _anatomise_ in the vulgar, (_O base and obscure vulgar_!) _Videlicet_, he came, saw, and overcame ...”
“And do not suppose, senor, that I apply the term vulgar here merely to plebeians and the lower orders; for everyone who is ignorant, be he lord or prince, may and should be included among the vulgar.”
“Clear Channel Communications is suspending Howard Stern for what it calls vulgar, offensive and insulting content.”
“Mr. Nichols acknowledges that what he calls a vulgar error was current and popular, that in some part of the Abbey Caxton did erect his press, yet we are expected to submit to the almost unsupported dictum of that gentleman, and renounce altogether the old and almost universal idea.”
“He distinguishes with his usual clearness between the different ranks of those employed in the production and exchange of goods, and intimates that his advice is not intended for the highest grade of traders, the merchants, whom he defines by what he calls the vulgar expression, as being “such as trade beyond sea.””
“He distinguishes with his usual clearness between the different ranks of those employed in the production and exchange of goods, and intimates that his advice is not intended for the highest grade of traders, the merchants, whom he defines by what he calls the vulgar expression, as being "such as trade beyond sea.”
“It was this misty effect which made it so superior to what they called the vulgar chromos and sun-pictures of less favored lands.”
“Peterkins, and laughed at what she called their vulgar imitation of people above them, and when she heard that Mary Jane hail hired a governess for her two children, Bill and Ann Eliza, she scoffed at the airs assumed by _come-up_ people, and wondered if Mrs. Peterkin had forgotten that she was one of Grace Atherton's hired girls.”
“Democratic Party deputy Paola Concia also denounced the attacks, which she described as "vulgar and offensive".”
“Mr. Johnson's mind that I have given these trifling memoirs, to show that his soul was not different from that of another person, but, as it was, greater; and to give those who did not know him a just idea of his acquiescence in what we call vulgar prejudices, and of his extreme distance from those notions which the world has agreed, I know not very well why, to call romantic.”
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