vul·​gar·​ism | \ ˈvəl-gə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce vulgarism (audio) \

Definition of vulgarism

2a : a word or expression originated or used chiefly by illiterate persons
b : a coarse word or phrase : obscenity

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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, "Letters," 16 Apr. 2020 The British cringed over new American accents, coinages and vulgarisms. Time, "Americans and Brits Have Been Fighting Over the English Language for Centuries. Here’s How It Started," 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, "Kathy Griffin defends Samantha Bee with long Twitter account of her own tangle with Trump," 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,, "Barbara Bush, matriarch in a political dynasty, dies at 92," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of vulgarism

circa 1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of vulgarism was circa 1676

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“Vulgarism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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