[ vuhl-guh-rahyz ]
/ ˈvʌl gəˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), vul·gar·ized, vul·gar·iz·ing.

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.


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Also especially British, vul·gar·ise.

Origin of vulgarize

First recorded in 1595–1605; vulgar + -ize


vul·gar·i·za·tion, nounvul·gar·iz·er, nounun·vul·gar·ize, verb (used with object), un·vul·gar·ized, un·vul·gar·iz·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for vulgarization



/ (ˈvʌlɡəˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make commonplace or vulgar; debase
to make (something little known or difficult to understand) widely known or popular among the public; popularize

Derived forms of vulgarize

vulgarization or vulgarisation, nounvulgarizer or vulgariser, noun
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