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 vulgarity

Contemporary Examples of vulgarity

Historical Examples of vulgarity

  • 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 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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