Definition of vulgarity in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The state or quality of being vulgar.

    ‘he was seen as the embodiment of the vulgarity of the 1980s’
    • ‘And god knows I prefer honest vulgarity to polite denial of uncomfortable truths.’
    • ‘The public will goggle at the kitsch vulgarity of diamond-encrusted eggs and crystal flowers.’
    • ‘He's honest about his own vulgarity as much as he is about his vulnerability.’
    • ‘Thus it is wrong to blame ‘nationalism’ for the violence and vulgarity of mass sporting events.’
    • ‘A term applied to art or artefacts characterized by vulgarity, sentimentality, and pretentious bad taste.’
    • ‘Why no mention of Monty Modlin, whose honest vulgarity marked a sea-change in British broadcasting?’
    • ‘In an age of crassness, vulgarity and self-indulgence, she has continued to be an icon of what we once were and of what we might yet become again.’
    • ‘The old challenge (rarely achieved) is to get the playing to the point where it's both charged and accurate, without reaching out in desperation for the easy solutions of vulgarity and random emotional brutality.’
    • ‘Hollywood's annual orgy of glamour, glitter and vulgarity - the Oscars - is almost upon us again.’
    • ‘Clearly, nothing distresses the sensitive Mr Jenkins more than vulgarity.’
    • ‘Broadcaster John Humphrys recently attacked shows like Big Brother for their ‘mind-numbing, witless vulgarity.’’
    • ‘After a while, though, I found the spirit of vulgarity and tackiness fascinating - you have to admire the Japanese ability to blend modernity and materialism with age-old traditions.’
    • ‘You can expect the same vulgarity and crassness you have come to love from these fine upstanding pillars of society.’
    • ‘The sheer vulgarity of the presidential jet and the extravagance it represents is disconcerting.’
    • ‘Just as the world is transforming itself into a wonderland of cascading tinsel, cherubs and illuminated trees, some humanist somewhere is sure to have begun ranting about the pointless vulgarity of it all.’
    • ‘The same set of circumstances which with one hand had popularised astrology, worked with the other to strip it of academic respect and taint it with vulgarity and a lack of integrity.’
    • ‘Rather, his gaze falls on a ‘neutral’ zone which avoids ‘tainting’ his gaze with vulgarity or committing him to a confirmed passion.’
    • ‘Is anyone really interested in the vanity and vulgarity of a couple who make their living by playing up to the media?’
    • ‘The BCI's lexicon of vulgarity emerges from a survey of viewer and listener attitudes, published as part of the commission's efforts to develop a taste and decency code for Ireland's independent broadcasters.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the potential for vulgarity is dissipated by Halo's reputation for quality.’
    tastelessness, bad taste, grossness, crassness, lack of refinement, tawdriness, flamboyance, flamboyancy, ostentation, excess, gaudiness, garishness, showiness, flashiness, brassiness, tinsel, kitsch, loudness, harshness
    impoliteness, ill manners, bad manners, impropriety, grossness, indecorousness, uncouthness, crudeness, coarseness, roughness
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A vulgar remark or act.
      ‘his letters were full of vulgarities’
      • ‘You probably haven't noticed, but my surname bears a passing resemblance to a certain vulgarity.’
      • ‘My mind kept flashing certain rude vulgarities I'd have loved to shout in his face, so I couldn't sleep again.’
      • ‘One would expect the relentless cacophony of vulgarities and the unrelenting evocation of disturbing mental images first to shock, then to have a numbing effect on the audience.’
      • ‘That's right, I shall stop using vulgarities as well.’
      • ‘Yesterday the five-member commission unanimously declared that, fleeting or not, and in whatever context, the word was a vulgarity and as a result a violation.’
      • ‘Some have criticized Kechiche for this, claiming that the endless barrage of threats and vulgarities is too highly exaggerated.’
      • ‘The DSUE was widely regarded as filling a lexicographical gap, because it treated four-letter words and sexual and scatological vulgarities that had previously been omitted by the OED and the general run of ‘family’ dictionaries.’
      • ‘It has a huge number of synonyms, ranging from coy euphemisms to joking proxies, to coarse vulgarities.’
      • ‘That's normal when you're famous and your albums are full of self-promotional rhymes, arrogance and vulgarities.’
      • ‘Along with teaching us how to cook a mean spaghetti sauce, Grandma taught us how to let out a stream of vulgarities in a foreign language.’
      • ‘Now the vogue is for ceding powers to the autocracy of Brussels, which is immune from the vulgarities of electoral leverage.’
      • ‘Instantly, a stream of vulgarities is spewed at her.’
      • ‘Sidewalks were spray-painted with assorted vulgarities, and a ‘Do Not Enter’ sign was erected on the school lawn.’
      • ‘Despite occasional rough patches where he resorts to four-letter vulgarities, he comes up with countless utterances so pungent you want to recite them to everyone within earshot.’
      • ‘Anywhere and any time a vulgarity or offensive expression is used in lieu of expressing an idea, there is usually a better way to make the point using non-offensive words.’
      • ‘He was suspended for one game by the NBA on Tuesday for yelling a sexual vulgarity at a female fan during a game.’
      • ‘They'll embellish and add things until the joke is so stuffed full of extreme vulgarities that everyone is shocked.’
      • ‘But here the joke is taken even further in that the rowdy revelations and carnival vulgarities of a typical Jerry Springer talk show are set by Richard Thomas to chorales and anthems evoking Bach and Handel.’
      • ‘When Qiyong confessed it was his game character, Tan hurled vulgarities at him.’
      • ‘In any case, Jobs declined to answer the question as Apple is in the ‘quiet period’ before it announces its results when it is not allowed to talk about vulgarities like sales.’
      rudeness, crudity, indecency, indelicacy, offensiveness, suggestiveness, bawdiness, ribaldry, obscenity, lewdness, salaciousness, licentiousness, depravity, sordidness, smuttiness, dirtiness, filthiness, smut, dirt, filth, pornography
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