vul·​gar·​ism ˈvəl-gə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce vulgarism (audio)
: a word or expression originated or used chiefly by illiterate persons
: a coarse word or phrase : obscenity

Examples of vulgarism in a Sentence

used vulgarisms that embarrassed his family
Recent Examples on the Web As the Oxford English Dictionary notes, the expression not hardly is considered a vulgarism. Nr Editors, National Review, 16 Apr. 2020 The British cringed over new American accents, coinages and vulgarisms. Time, 11 June 2019 Trump himself has deployed vulgarisms for the female anatomy, plus T-shirts calling Democrat Hillary Clinton the same word were regularly spotted at Trump rallies during the 2016 campaign. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 1 June 2018 As her unwillingness to come right out and say a vulgarism suggests, Mrs. Bush was in many ways a throwback. Mark Feeney,, 17 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vulgarism was circa 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Vulgarism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


vul·​gar·​ism ˈvəl-gə-ˌriz-əm How to pronounce vulgarism (audio)
: a vulgar expression
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