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[vuhl-gar-i-tee] /vʌlˈgær ɪ ti/
noun, plural vulgarities.
the state or quality of being vulgar:
the vulgarity of his remark.
something vulgar, as an act or expression.
Origin of vulgarity
1570-80; < Late Latin vulgāritās commonness, the public. See vulgar, -ity
Related forms
nonvulgarity, noun, plural nonvulgarities.
1. tastelessness, crudeness, grossness, indelicacy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vulgarity
  • Abe found it necessary to restrain his step-brothers from vulgarity and common coarseness of behavior.
  • vulgarity, ignorance, misapprehension are old acquaintances.
  • The tweet contained no vulgarity, security or pertinent agency information.
  • College sports are not the only area of our society that has degenerated into vulgarity.
  • It was not until a paternity suit was brought against him that the school actually addressed this vulgarity.
  • His mix of subversive vulgarity and grand ideas earned him zealous followers and not a few detractors.
  • Debate and discussion is replaced by vulgarity and intolerance.
  • The result is a show laced with violence, vulgarity and no shortage of nudity.
  • But the result of this mistaken opinion is vulgarity and blatancy.
  • There are the essays on vulgarity, on name-dropping, on people trying to elevate themselves in some way over other people.
British Dictionary definitions for vulgarity


noun (pl) -ties
the condition of being vulgar; lack of good manners
a vulgar action, phrase, etc
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Word Origin and History for vulgarity

1570s, "the common people," from Late Latin vulgaritas "the multitude," from vulgaris (see vulgar). Meaning "coarseness, crudeness" is recorded from 1774.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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