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[vuhl-gar-i-tee] /vʌlˈgær ɪ ti/
noun, plural vulgarities.
the state or quality of being vulgar:
the vulgarity of his remark.
something vulgar, as an act or expression.
Origin of vulgarity
First recorded in 1570-80, vulgarity is from the Late Latin word vulgāritās commonness, the public. See vulgar, -ity
Related forms
nonvulgarity, noun, plural nonvulgarities.
1. tastelessness, crudeness, grossness, indelicacy. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vulgarities
Historical Examples
  • Have I not bidden you leave the vulgarities of dialect to the vulgar?

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • The vulgarities in her blood had come to the surface by this time.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • Morbid curiosity, like other vulgarities, was incomprehensible to her.

    Mrs. Balfame

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • And on my side, I'm sick of maids with their airs and graces and vulgarities.

    Fairies Afield Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • To every century its own ironies, to every century its own vulgarities.

    Essays Alice Meynell
  • Even the idea of the fellow's wealth and charities will not always induce Markham to put up with his vulgarities.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • There was an air of refinement about her, too, which to his fancy seemed to protest against the vulgarities of her surroundings.

    If Only etc. Francis Clement Philips and Augustus Harris
  • Frontiersmen are, I think, really spirits strayed out of chivalric ages into our century of all vulgarities.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • His score is exempt from the crudities and vulgarities from which certain modern Italian operas are not free.

    Giacomo Puccini Wakeling Dry
  • Sometimes I feel as if it were harder to bear the vulgarities of life than actual sorrows.

British Dictionary definitions for vulgarities


noun (pl) -ties
the condition of being vulgar; lack of good manners
a vulgar action, phrase, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vulgarities



1570s, "the common people," from Late Latin vulgaritas "the multitude," from vulgaris (see vulgar). Meaning "coarseness, crudeness" is recorded from 1774.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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