from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Vulgarity.
- n. A crudely indecent word or phrase; an obscenity.
- n. A word, phrase, or manner of expression used chiefly by uneducated people.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A word or term that is considered offensive or vulgar.
- n. A spelling, word, or phrase used in common speech that is considered improper or incorrect for formal communication.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Grossness; rudeness; vulgarity.
- n. A vulgar phrase or expression.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Coarseness, rudeness, or grossness of manners; vulgarity; commonness.
- n. A phrase or expression used only in common colloquial, especially in coarse, speech.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of lacking taste and refinement
- n. an offensive or indecent word or phrase
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To use a vulgarism which is stripped of its vulgarity if employed reverently, as I would do it -- we know where to have Him.
Just because Dawg is a jerk does not make Chiapas a "sak-o-xit", a poorly phrased vulgarism if there ever was one.
“Sarah Palin is a [sexual vulgarism deleted]” — good one!
To the points about “Black Hole” as a name for a Gravitational Singularity and its surrounding event horizon: I have heard tell that one objection to the term was that it translated into a French vulgarism for vagina.
If the Board of Education wants its teachers to instruct adolescents about HIV using Latinism of the academy, excluding vulgarism of the street, it should tell them so, plainly.
When a shock jock uses the word coger, does it mean "take hold of," as it does in Madrid, or is it a vulgarism for copulating, as in Buenos Aires?
Chief Justice John Roberts asked how the FCC justified punishing some programs for airing a fleeting expletive, while clearing the CBS "Early Show" when it broadcast a vulgarism uttered by a reality-show contestant.
He says that those who hear the vulgarism subliminally consider the literal meaning very briefly, "but then ignore it," he says.
Using a vulgarism, he asks, "What am I doing it for?"
But (if I may use a vulgarism) one swallow makes no summer: five righteous were formerly necessary to save a city, and they could not be found; so, till I find four more such righteous widows as yourself, I shall entertain my former notions of widowhood in general.