noun, plural vul·gar·i·ties.

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 formsnon·vul·gar·i·ty, noun, plural non·vul·gar·i·ties.

Synonyms for vulgarity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vulgarities

Historical Examples of vulgarities

  • 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.


    Alice Meynell

British Dictionary definitions for vulgarities


noun plural -ties

the condition of being vulgar; lack of good manners
a vulgar action, phrase, etc
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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.

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