- 1Lacking sophistication or good taste; unrefined: the vulgar trappings of wealthMore example sentences
tasteless, crass, tawdry, ostentatious, flamboyant, overdone, showy, gaudy, garish, brassy, kitsch, kitschy, tinselly, loudimpolite, ill-mannered, unmannerly, rude, indecorous, unseemly, ill-bred, boorish, uncouth, crude, rough; unsophisticated, unrefined, common, low-minded; unladylike, ungentlemanly
- Columnist John Blunt questioned whether such stunts classed as entertainment, when in fact they showed rather poor, even vulgar, taste.
- We blame them for violence in society, vulgar tastes and a host of other ills.
- Looking out on Europe from the sheltered perspective of his home in Basle, Burckhardt deplored the arrival of mass society with its vulgar tastes, turbulent politics, and unlimited capacity for violence.
- 1.1Making explicit and offensive reference to sex or bodily functions; coarse and rude: a vulgar jokeMore example sentences
rude, indecent, indelicate, offensive, distasteful, coarse, crude, ribald, risqué, naughty, suggestive, racy, earthy, off-color, bawdy, obscene, profane, lewd, salacious, smutty, dirty, filthy, pornographic, X-ratedsalty• euphemistic adult
- I brace myself for something offensive or vulgar or just inane enough to cause me to stifle a laugh.
- Political correctness has certainly not hindered my ability to be vulgar or offensive.
- Seldom have we witnessed a more shameless display of rude and vulgar behavior towards an invited guest.
- 1.2 • dated Characteristic of or belonging to the masses.More example sentences
- Thasos passed measures to prevent wine-shops becoming bars, while the fact that taverns were so popular in Byzantium and Athens revealed the essentially vulgar character of democratic societies.
- The most likely explanation, however, is that Nushu derives from a simplification of vulgar forms of Chinese characters used in handwriting.
- Heckerling's most well-known films link female characters with humour that belongs to a tradition of vulgar or low comedy.
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- He's honest about his own vulgarity as much as he is about his vulnerability.
- The public will goggle at the kitsch vulgarity of diamond-encrusted eggs and crystal flowers.
- You can expect the same vulgarity and crassness you have come to love from these fine upstanding pillars of society.
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- In 1923, Ms Reese-Jarvis filed a lawsuit against two businessmen who, she felt, were vulgarly capitalising on Mother's Day and launched a placard and pamphlet protest.
- You had to wear something much worse - the Eton jacket, vulgarly known as the ‘bum freezer’, which was essentially a tail suit without the tails.
- He plays the piano ‘badly and vulgarly,’ and what is worse, he plays Grieg.
Pronunciation: /ˌvəlˈgaritē/noun (plural vulgarities)