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Vulgate Line breaks: Vul|gate
Pronunciation: /ˈvʌlɡeɪt/

Definition of Vulgate in English:


1The principal Latin version of the Bible, prepared mainly by St Jerome in the late 4th century, and (as revised in 1592) adopted as the official text for the Roman Catholic Church.
Example sentences
  • Westcott claimed that the English Bible was greater than the Vulgate because nobody had died for the latter.
  • The texts were taken from the Vulgate and elaborated with original material, while the stories were essentially dramatic - Jonah and the Whale, the Judgment of Solomon, and so on.
  • The subversive power of printing is illustrated by Martin Luther's translation of the Latin Vulgate (15??)
2 (vulgate) [in singular] Common or colloquial speech.
Example sentences
  • And he impacts so directly not because the public understands greatness in a way that the literary establishment doesn't (or, as critics suggest, because King has access to a mystical vulgate that ‘proper’ novelists can't or won't use).
  • There is nothing particularly progressive, as Dan Atkinson & Larry Elliot point out in The Age of Insecurity, in a European Union in which the prerogatives of a brutal neoliberalism form the current vulgate.
  • For the uninitiated, Myles na gCopaleen was just one of the pen-names used by a gentleman from Strabane in the county Tyrone named Brian Ó Nualláin, or just plain Brian O'Nolan in the vulgate.


From Latin vulgata (editio(n-)) '(edition) prepared for the public', feminine past participle of vulgare, from vulgus 'common people'.

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