Adjective "Vulgar" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Lacking sophistication or good taste.
  1. 'Columnist John Blunt questioned whether such stunts classed as entertainment, when in fact they showed rather poor, even vulgar, taste.'
  2. 'Selznick is often portrayed as a vulgar showman, catering to the lowest taste of the great American public.'
  3. 'I do have a guilty secret - I watch one of the most trashy, vulgar programmes on British TV.'
  4. 'It's almost as common and vulgar as chewing gum while you're serving customers.'
  5. 'Britain is a cultural treasure house, a center for entertainment from the most sophisticated to the very vulgar indeed.'
  6. 'Quite apart from the serious ethical questions surrounding the killing of animals for their fur, mink fell out of favour as it became associated with the vulgar side of wealth.'
  7. 'His anecdotal scenes featuring comic urchins were considered vulgar by critics but appealed to wealthy industrialists.'
  8. 'He was crude, vulgar, tacky and brilliantly funny.'
  9. 'There is some truth to this image, which reflects a popular sense that wealth is vulgar.'
  10. 'I find the Metropolis vulgar, myself, but my business requires me to live here.'
Making explicit and offensive reference to sex or bodily functions; coarse and rude.
  1. 'The poet who was so courtly and gentle in his verse could be coarse and vulgar in his everyday speech.'
  2. 'Once vulgar words are commonplace in the papers and the television, there's no going back - and public life just gets cruder and cruder.'
  3. 'However, as I was reading the March / April 2003 issue I was surprised and disappointed at the appearance of vulgar language and explicit references.'
  4. 'At its mildest, the consequence is vulgar language and rude behavior that diminish the quality of our day-to-day public interactions.'
  5. 'His reputation is based upon offerings that are simply offensive and vulgar graffiti, lacking in humor, without wit, and devoid of intelligent satire.'
  6. 'Sexually explicit scenes and vulgar language are sliced off to make the feature films more palatable to all age groups.'
  7. 'Seldom have we witnessed a more shameless display of rude and vulgar behavior towards an invited guest.'
  8. 'Basically, we advocate discussions within the framework of the law and discourage rumors, abuse and vulgar, offensive stuff.'
  9. 'There is not even a single vulgar or explicit scene in the entire film.'
  10. 'No show that I can remember has plumbed such offensive depths in vulgar and derogatory language.'
Characteristic of or belonging to ordinary people.
  1. 'At this time Jerome had translated the Hebrew Bible into Latin and it came to be known as the Vulgate, for the vulgar, that is, the ordinary people.'
  2. 'Heckerling's most well-known films link female characters with humour that belongs to a tradition of vulgar or low comedy.'


1. characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste: vulgar ostentation.

2. indecent; obscene; lewd: a vulgar work; a vulgar gesture.

3. crude; coarse; unrefined: a vulgar peasant.

4. of, relating to, or constituting the ordinary people in a society: the vulgar masses.

5. current; popular; common: a vulgar success; vulgar beliefs.

6. spoken by, or being in the language spoken by, the people generally; vernacular: vulgar tongue.

7. lacking in dist

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be vulgar for people."

"names can be vulgar to dignities."

"people can be vulgar."

"fractions can be vulgar."

"gigolos can be vulgar."

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Late Middle English: from Latin vulgaris, from vulgus ‘common people’. The original senses were ‘used in ordinary calculations’ (surviving in vulgar fraction) and ‘in ordinary use, used by the people’ (surviving in vulgar tongue).