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[vuhl-guh-rahyz] /ˈvʌl gəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), vulgarized, vulgarizing.
to make vulgar or coarse; lower; debase:
to vulgarize standards of behavior.
to make (a technical or abstruse work) easier to understand and more widely known; popularize.
to translate (a work) from a classical language into the vernacular.
Origin of vulgarize
1595-1605; vulgar + -ize
Related forms
vulgarization, noun
vulgarizer, noun
unvulgarize, verb (used with object), unvulgarized, unvulgarizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vulgarize
  • In these they show themselves industrious and pathetically anxious, but all they can ever do is to sentimentalize and vulgarize.
  • Harm is done by everything which tends to vulgarize religion.
British Dictionary definitions for vulgarize


verb (transitive)
to make commonplace or vulgar; debase
to make (something little known or difficult to understand) widely known or popular among the public; popularize
Derived Forms
vulgarization, vulgarisation, noun
vulgarizer, vulgariser, noun
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