vul·​gar·​i·​ty | \ ˌvəl-ˈger-rə-tē How to pronounce vulgarity (audio) , -ˈga-rə- \
plural vulgarities

Definition of vulgarity

1 : something vulgar
2 : the quality or state of being vulgar

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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 Certainly the lyrics in NG La Banda’s songs could be rough, with vulgarity and what some listeners construed as misogyny. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 These early reports were written after Rembrandt’s death, when Dutch art was reverting to classical values: nature idealized, decorum upheld, vulgarity disdained. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 On the sandbags outside the hospital are painted words from a song sung by Ukrainian soccer fans, which during the war has become a common Ukrainian slogan denigrating Russian President Vladimir Putin with a vulgarity. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Mar. 2022 The rest of the collection's art and text generally errs on the side of cartoonish fun, with very little in the way of vulgarity or adult themes (beyond, uh, a séance hosted by high schoolers who want to have demons grant their wishes). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 18 Apr. 2022 These are images of hyperbolic sensuality where pleasure approaches vulgarity. Abbey Bender, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 All that racist vulgarity was piled up right next to Arbery’s lifeless body in the middle of the road. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2022 The monumental painting itself is a study in contrasts: beauty and vulgarity, voluptuousness and horror. Emma Fraser And Sophie Brookover, Town & Country, 21 Mar. 2022 The example of Lincoln's profound simplicity does not excuse the banality and vulgarity of more recent presidents. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vulgarity

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vulgarity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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vul·​gar·​i·​ty | \ ˌvəl-ˈger-ə-tē How to pronounce vulgarity (audio) \
plural vulgarities

Kids Definition of vulgarity

1 : the quality or state of having or showing poor taste or manners
2 : rude or offensive language or behavior

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