[vuhl-guh-riz-uh m]


vulgar behavior or character; vulgarity.
a vulgar expression; a word or phrase used only in common colloquial, and especially in coarse, speech.

Origin of vulgarism

First recorded in 1635–45; vulgar + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vulgarism

Historical Examples of vulgarism

  • We are obliged to be,” with a slight shudder at the vulgarism, “stylish.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • We felt that we had been green, grass-green, and that (to use a vulgarism) the gilt was off the gingerbread.


    Dorothy Menpes

  • To use a vulgarism, it is a high-class scholastic sausage-machine.

    The Blower of Bubbles

    Arthur Beverley Baxter

  • This name was not a Yankee vulgarism, but a well-known old English term.

  • They are also called bivalves bi the unlearned, but this iz a vulgarism.

British Dictionary definitions for vulgarism



a coarse, crude, or obscene expression
a word or phrase found only in the vulgar form of a language
another word for vulgarity
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