- to make vulgar or coarse; lower; debase: to vulgarize standards of behavior.
- to make (a technical or abstruse work) easier to understand and more widely known; popularize.
- to translate (a work) from a classical language into the vernacular.
Also especially British, vul·gar·ise.
Origin of vulgarize
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Examples from the Web for vulgarization
But the vulgarization of rudiments is not the advancement of knowledge.The Intellectual Life
=Philip Gilbert Hamerton
They are novels for the vulgarization of the feminist theory.
Let us hope that the vulgarization permitted among ourselves will not be imitated by our neighbours.In the Heart of Vosges
The vulgarization of the child is one of the dangers we must avoid.
Nothing more surely preserves any form of ornament from vulgarization than a general sense of fitness.The Decoration of Houses
- to make commonplace or vulgar; debase
- to make (something little known or difficult to understand) widely known or popular among the public; popularize
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