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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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  • He was vulgar with a vulgarity that went miles deeper than that of the major.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The second power of vulgarity is obscenity, and this vice is like the pestilence.

  • By your own account you have helped the victory of vulgarity and smoke.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • He would not encourage them in their vulgarity; they should have nothing from him that was not literature.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • The only fault which I never have had, which I never shall have, is vulgarity.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for vulgarity


noun (pl) -ties
the condition of being vulgar; lack of good manners
a vulgar action, phrase, etc
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Word Origin and History for vulgarity

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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