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vulgarian

[vuhl-gair-ee-uh n]
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noun
  1. a vulgar person, especially one whose vulgarity is the more conspicuous because of wealth, prominence, or pretensions to good breeding.

Origin of vulgarian

First recorded in 1640–50; vulgar + -ian
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Examples from the Web for vulgarian

Historical Examples

  • Then he thought of his own sister married to that vulgarian, Friedland.

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • Did not you marry a low creature,—a vulgarian, a tradesman's daughter?

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    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "You see, Hycy, the vulgarian will come out," said his mother.

  • Did not you marry a low creature—a vulgarian—a tradesman's daughter?

  • She had the true instinct of it; while I was always a bit of a vulgarian.


British Dictionary definitions for vulgarian

vulgarian

noun
  1. a vulgar person, esp one who is rich or has pretensions to good taste
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Word Origin and History for vulgarian

n.

"rich person of vulgar manners," 1804, from vulgar (adj.) + -ian.

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