[ vuhl-gar-i-tee ]
/ vʌlˈgær ɪ ti /

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.

Nearby words

  1. vulgar fraction,
  2. vulgar latin,
  3. vulgarian,
  4. vulgaris,
  5. vulgarism,
  6. vulgarize,
  7. vulgarly,
  8. vulgate,
  9. vulgate bible,
  10. vulgus

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

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British Dictionary definitions for vulgarity


/ (vʌlˈɡærɪtɪ) /

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 vulgarity



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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