American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A vulgar person, especially one who makes a conspicuous display of wealth. See Synonyms at boor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vulgar person; especially, a rich person with low or vulgar ideas.
- n. A vulgar individual, especially one who emphasizes or is oblivious to their vulgar qualities.
- adj. Having the characteristics of a vulgarian, vulgar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A vulgar person; one who has vulgar ideas. Used also adjectively.
- n. a vulgar person (especially someone who makes a vulgar display of wealth)
- vulgar + -ian. Compare Late Latin vulgarius, Latin vulgaris. (Wiktionary)
“And in this supreme folly I lived the days, now in the Mediterranean, now cruising round the coast of England, now flying of a sudden to Paris with one they might have called a vulgarian, but one I chose to know.”
“We mercilessly critiqued one another, and explored weird mixes of Bizarro, Horror-eroticism, metafictional, vulgarian, bloody stories, and things that are yet to have names.”
“Technical polish was too often sacrificed to visceral excitement and excessively schmaltzy rubato - in short, the sort of interpretation that suits the image of Liszt the vulgarian.”
“It was, however, grossly distasteful, which explains why the vulgarian Janeane Garofalo wishes he were Mayor Weiner.”
“Is this a vulgarian conspiracy by the coalition to thwart the promotion of poetry throughout England?”
“In this title role of an outlaw vulgarian, and very likely a nut job, he's constantly in motion, and you can't take your eyes off him.”
“Their failure itself is made by it more bearable than the failure of those others who act the vulgarian and demand so little of life that even that little escapes them.”
“Long before the American Idolization of every art form on the planet, the great humorist S.J. Perelman imagined a gnarly New York painter being asked by a vulgarian Hollywood movie producer: what exactly do you artists do in the studio when you get an idea?”
“O'Brien is a vulgarian, with no class like that of Johnny Carson or the great Jack Paar.”
“Many see him as a power-mad, rapacious right-wing vulgarian.”
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