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vulgarize

vulgarize

verb vul·gar·ize \ˈvəl-gə-ˌrīz\

: to make (something) worse by making it less formal or more ordinary

vul·gar·izedvul·gar·iz·ing

Full Definition of VULGARIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to diffuse generally :  popularize
2
:  to make vulgar :  coarsen
vul·gar·i·za·tion \ˌvəl-gə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
vul·gar·iz·er \ˈvəl-gə-ˌrī-zər\ noun

Examples of VULGARIZE

  1. The movie is a vulgarized version of the original story.
  2. <the composer's masterpiece has been hopelessly vulgarized by its use in countless TV commercials>

First Known Use of VULGARIZE

1709

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