Definition of vulgarian in English:



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

    ‘he is a jumped-up vulgarian’
    ‘the new bosses are such vulgarians’
    • ‘These two vulgarians were politely asked to desist, but resumed their irritating chatter one minute later.’
    • ‘A self-admitted vulgarian and shameless pornographer, Goldstein began publishing Screw magazine at the height of the sexual revolution in 1968.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If this makes my Dad sound like a low vulgarian, I suppose that's partly true.’
    • ‘There's the arty Bohemian society of the Verdurins, the most hideous vulgarians in literature.’
    • ‘In the Code of Financial Correctness, Rule 1 is ‘Only vulgarians spend lavish amounts of money on luxuries.’’
    • ‘In the end, one has to be disappointed by the pallid imagination of our public vulgarians.’
    • ‘But you see, I am not an American vulgarian like this Jackie character.’
    • ‘It is stunning to see Mumbai's beautiful people turned in the space of two hours into ugly, pock marked, uncouth vulgarians.’
    • ‘And a vulgarian I certainly am - time has proved that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Serios plays the part of a buffoon, a vulgarian blessed with a minor telepathic power.’
    • ‘They too are vulgarians, mired in material concerns (the little boy is depicted as already a savvy businessman).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the delights of Pompeii by Robert Harris is his description of a wealthy vulgarian's banquet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    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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