One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he avoided vulgarity and innuendo’
rudeness, crudity, indecency, indelicacy, offensiveness, suggestiveness, bawdiness, ribaldry, obscenity, lewdness, salaciousness, licentiousness, depravity, sordidness, smuttiness, dirtiness, filthiness, smut, dirt, filth, pornography
profanity, blasphemy, swearing, bad language, strong language, foulness, abusiveness, scurrilousness
informal raunchiness, raunch, sleaziness, sleaze, porn, blueness
British informal fruitiness, sauciness
rare concupiscence, bawdry, salacity
2‘she thought the quantities of gilt were evidence of shocking vulgarity’
tastelessness, bad taste, grossness, crassness, lack of refinement, tawdriness, flamboyance, flamboyancy, ostentation, excess, gaudiness, garishness, showiness, flashiness, brassiness, tinsel, kitsch, loudness, harshness
informal tackiness, swankiness, swank, glitziness
3‘her mother was free from any trace of vulgarity’
impoliteness, ill manners, bad manners, impropriety, grossness, indecorousness, uncouthness, crudeness, coarseness, roughness
commonness, lowness, unsophisticatedness, lack of refinement, lack of sophistication
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