from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being vulgar.
  • n. Something, such as an act or expression, that offends good taste or propriety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being vulgar.
  • n. An offensive or obscene act or expression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being vulgar; mean condition of life; the state of the lower classes of society.
  • n. Grossness or clownishness of manners of language; absence of refinement; coarseness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being vulgar; mean condition in life; meanness; commonness.
  • n. Coarseness, grossness, or clownishness of manners or language; absence of refinement; also, that which is vulgar; a vulgar act or expression: as, vulgarity of behavior; vulgarity of expression or language.
  • n. 3. The commonalty; the mob; the vulgar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of lacking taste and refinement


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  • He was more than usually polite to the major: he was in the army, the goal of his aspiration! but he laughed at what he called his vulgarity in private, and delighted to annoy Hester with remarks upon her "ancient adorer."

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  • However, she also detested what she called vulgarity, and had never in her life, even when handling it, uttered the word shit.

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