American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make vulgar; debase: "What appalls him is the sheer cheesiness of TV iniquity. Television has even vulgarized hell” ( Jack Kroll).
- v. To disseminate widely; popularize.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- v. To express or re-express something in a base, common, or lewd manner; to make something commonplace; to make something vulgar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make vulgar, or common.
- v. act in a vulgar manner
- v. cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
- v. debase and make vulgar
“Visual ironies tend to fall flat or they vulgarize very quickly or they become grotesque.”
“Zuckerberg clearly does not want to sell the company to a firm that will vulgarize it with ubiquitous ads.”
“To vulgarize and to falsify until the bare lies shine through.”
“Doesn't TV vulgarize our artistic and aesthetic sensibilities?”
““If I tried to vulgarize her, and make her as cheap as cow-boy literature, I should ask for eternal punishment as a favor.””
“Indeed, it would even dangerous to the multitudes, who would only misunderstand and “vulgarize it.””
“Wordsworth and Rock 'n Roll" is a pairing guaranteed to highlight the risk involved in any juxtaposition of high and low culture in the classroomwhich is, that it will seem simultaneously to vulgarize what ought to be pure and to intellectualize what ought to be gritty and authentic.”
“She felt that at that moment she could not put into words the sense of shame, of rapture, and of horror at this stepping into a new life, and she did not want to speak of it, to vulgarize this feeling by inappropriate words.”
“And parents who devote their children to gymnastics while they neglect their necessary education, in reality vulgarize them; for they make them useful to the art of statesmanship in one quality only, and even in this the argument proves them to be inferior to others.”
“However, they have gained a vast following with glossy films of E.M. Forster's low-key novels, in which they vulgarize the issues and overdecorate the sets.”
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