vulgarity

noun

vul·​gar·​i·​ty ˌvəl-ˈger-rə-tē How to pronounce vulgarity (audio)
-ˈga-rə-
plural vulgarities
1
: something vulgar
2
: the quality or state of being vulgar

Examples of vulgarity in a Sentence

a comedian known for her vulgarity I was shocked by the vulgarity of his language. He uttered a vulgarity and was silent. We have a policy against printing vulgarities in our magazine.
Recent Examples on the Web These stories are urging us to be bigger than ourselves, to forget our smallness or vulgarity. Michelle Orange, Harper's Magazine, 12 Dec. 2023 The students then left the classroom and were followed by Reese who shouted vulgarities at them in the hallway, according to the incident report. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 16 Dec. 2023 Early demonstrations showed a chatbot defined less by a connection to cosmic truths than by a willingness to engage in the snark and vulgarity that rival products try to avoid. David Meyer, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 And yet: Nighy’s Mack skewers the idea of 21st Century capitalism Christmas, with all its crassness and vulgarity. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 What does etiquette say about governing your speech around visitors to your workplace, where using vulgarities is acceptable? Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023 For all its gradual pace, Somebody Somewhere revels in bursts of shocking vulgarity. Kenny Herzog, Vulture, 30 May 2023 There are laughs to be had here, yes, but your mileage will vary depending on your tolerance for sophomoric bathroom humor and gratuitous vulgarity. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2023 The family member said the resident was denied going to the bathroom by the nurse, who entered the room during the night and said vulgarities towards the camera. Zach Mentz, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vulgarity was in 1579

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“Vulgarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vulgarity. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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vulgarity

noun
vul·​gar·​i·​ty ˌvəl-ˈgar-ət-ē How to pronounce vulgarity (audio)
plural vulgarities
1
: the quality or state of being vulgar
2
: something vulgar

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