Definition of vulgarian in US English:



  • An unrefined person, especially one with newly acquired power or wealth.

    ‘he is a jumped-up vulgarian’
    ‘the new bosses are such vulgarians’
    • ‘But you see, I am not an American vulgarian like this Jackie character.’
    • ‘It's not every day that the planet's two greatest vulgarians come tiara-to-tiara.’
    • ‘Yet at the same time he couldn't stop himself from playing the vulgarian and disgracing himself.’
    • ‘Prospero devises a show of tinsel finery to sidetrack the vulgarians, but he is not present to see Caliban's disillusionment, or his vehement contempt.’
    • ‘A self-admitted vulgarian and shameless pornographer, Goldstein began publishing Screw magazine at the height of the sexual revolution in 1968.’
    • ‘In the end, one has to be disappointed by the pallid imagination of our public vulgarians.’
    • ‘In the Code of Financial Correctness, Rule 1 is ‘Only vulgarians spend lavish amounts of money on luxuries.’’
    • ‘Admirably, he downplays Orff the vulgarian and shapes this most popular of 20th century choral works into something more than just a series of orgiastic bangs and crashes.’
    • ‘And a vulgarian I certainly am - time has proved that.’
    • ‘She had the true instinct of it; while I was always a bit of a vulgarian.’
    • ‘It's now possible to order a circular kitchen in black walnut for £65,000 or a hand-finished Persian marble bathroom for £57,000, but is all this spending turning us into a nation of vulgarians?’
    • ‘If this makes my Dad sound like a low vulgarian, I suppose that's partly true.’
    • ‘These two vulgarians were politely asked to desist, but resumed their irritating chatter one minute later.’
    • ‘Serios plays the part of a buffoon, a vulgarian blessed with a minor telepathic power.’
    • ‘There's the arty Bohemian society of the Verdurins, the most hideous vulgarians in literature.’
    • ‘In a recent issue of Sight & Sound, Brian De Palma, Paul Verhoeven and William Friedkin (maverick vulgarians all) lamented the impossibility of dealing with sexual themes in today's Hollywood.’
    • ‘One of the delights of Pompeii by Robert Harris is his description of a wealthy vulgarian's banquet.’
    • ‘Faithful visitors may recall the review that appeared here on Saturday 13 September, which began with an account of a wealthy vulgarian's banquet in AD79.’
    • ‘They too are vulgarians, mired in material concerns (the little boy is depicted as already a savvy businessman).’
    • ‘It is stunning to see Mumbai's beautiful people turned in the space of two hours into ugly, pock marked, uncouth vulgarians.’
    lout, oaf, ruffian, hooligan, thug, rowdy, bully boy, brawler, rough, churl, lubber, philistine, yahoo, barbarian, neanderthal, primitive, savage, brute, beast, monster
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