Definition of vulgarize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvʌlɡərʌɪz/
(also vulgarise)


[with object]
1Make less refined: her voice, vulgarized by its accent, was full of caressing tones
More example sentences
  • They give in to the temptation of adding scenes which only vulgarise the relationship.
  • Yet to add words to it to direct the viewer, as some people did, vulgarized it.
  • The language has been popularized, but has not yet vindicated itself from being vulgarized.
1.1Make less subtle or complex: (as adjective vulgarized) a vulgarized version of the argument
More example sentences
  • It looks like Larry is using this simplified and vulgarized version of economics as his basic backdrop, upon which, by throwing in some references from original sources here and there, he builds up his argument.
  • This expansion was justified by pseudoscientific argument, grounded in a vulgarized version of Darwin, the ‘survival of the fittest.’
  • For horticultural purists, the news will be seen as further evidence that the noble art of gardening is being vulgarised and reduced to yet another manifestation of our modern obsession with lifestyle and consumerism.



Pronunciation: /vʌlɡərʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • This vulgarization of Christmas is a totally unacceptable intrusion by the non-Christian majority.
  • Then there's what gets described alternately as the ongoing liberation or vulgarization of American culture.
  • Hugo's descendants took offence at what they considered to be the exploitation and vulgarisation of his work.

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