vul·​gar·​i·​an ˌvəl-ˈger-ē-ən How to pronounce vulgarian (audio)
: a vulgar person

Examples of vulgarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not even the threat of a belligerent vulgarian named Shaggy Beard (Paul Kaye) as a prospective husband can derail the cheekiness. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2022 Their doom is predicted in De France’s perfect stone face and Depardieu’s worldly vulgarian; both personify the manipulation of naïveté and innocence. Armond White, National Review, 10 June 2022 This finding can serve as a nice empirical middle-finger from vulgarians everywhere, directed at those who had, until now, been unfairly judging them for their linguistic abilities. Piercarlo Valdesolo, Scientific American, 5 Apr. 2016 Because clever vulgarians are always trying to outwit state technology, the program also scans the messages backward. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2019 Accordingly, Post marched her readers through the various types of dressers — the vulgarian, the unnoticeable, the sheep, and the greatest of all: The Woman Who Is Really Chic — as well as the proper dress for all settings. Constance Grady, Vox, 27 June 2019 Mark Lewis Jones plays Thomas Griffiths, a gruff vulgarian partnered with the pious Thomas Howell (Michael Jibson) at Smalls Lighthouse, about 20 miles off the coast. Noel Murray,, 5 July 2018 But Samantha Bee was hired to be a partisan vulgarian. NBC News, 3 June 2018 Improvising about golf was easy for me.’ —Bill Murray The movie stars a stuffed-shirt WASP tyrant (Ted Knight), a playboy hedonist wastrel ( Chevy Chase ) and a nouveau riche vulgarian in Day-Glo slacks (Rodney Dangerfield). Chris Nashawaty, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vulgarian was in 1804

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“Vulgarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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