What does vulgarity mean?

Definitions for vulgarityvʌlˈgær ɪ ti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vulgarity.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. coarseness, commonness, grossness, vulgarity, vulgarism, raunch(noun)

    the quality of lacking taste and refinement


  1. vulgarity(Noun)

    The quality of being vulgar.

  2. vulgarity(Noun)

    An offensive or obscene act or expression.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vulgarity(noun)

    the quality or state of being vulgar; mean condition of life; the state of the lower classes of society

  2. Vulgarity(noun)

    grossness or clownishness of manners of language; absence of refinement; coarseness

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. vulgarit, L. vulgaritas the multitude.]


  1. Vulgarity

    Vulgarity is the quality of being common, coarse, or unrefined. This judgement may refer to language, visual art, social classes, or social climbers. It may never be self-referential because, to be aware of vulgarity is to display a degree of sophistication which thereby elevates the subject above the vulgar. From the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries, "vulgar" simply described the common language or vernacular of a country. From the mid-seventeenth century onward, it began to take on a pejorative aspect: "having a common and offensively mean character, coarsely commonplace; lacking in refinement or good taste; uncultured; ill bred". In the Victorian age, vulgarity broadly described many sorts of activity, such as pushing to get on a bus, wearing ostentatious clothing, and other similarly subtle aspects of behavior. In a George Eliot novel, one character could be vulgar for talking about money, a second because he criticizes the first for doing so, and a third for being fooled by the excessive refinement of the second. In language, the effort to avoid vulgarity could leave characters at a loss for words. In George Meredith's Beauchamp's Career, an heiress does not wish to make the commonplace statement that she is "engaged", nor "betrothed", "affianced", or "plighted". Though such words are not vulgarity in the vulgar sense, they nonetheless could stigmatize the user as a member of a socially inferior class. Even favored euphemisms such as toilet eventually become stigmatized like the words they replace, and currently favored words serve as a sort of "cultural capital".

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vulgarity in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vulgarity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rand Paul:

    I don't think vulgarity equates to insight.

  2. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.

  3. Jim Chambers:

    It was really just that the vulgarity in that sign that seems to bring it out for people.

  4. Chander Prakash Kaushik:

    We'll explain the meaning of love to them, we are against any vulgarity, not against love.

  5. Edith Sitwell:

    Vulgarity is, in reality, nothing but a modern, chic, pert descendant of the goddess Dullness.

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