Definition of vulgarity
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 of vulgarity from the Web
Unlike many of his more slapdash efforts, there's nothing cheap-looking in the tech work and the unabashed display of vulgarity, silly costumes and bosses dressed as flying squirrels.
Upon getting him into the cruiser to drive him to jail, the officer said the suspect used vulgarities and wished harm upon his family.
From his mouth have come vulgarity and bitterness, too.
CNN has cut ties with on-air personality Reza Aslan, who tweeted a vulgarity about President Donald Trump in the wake of the London terrorist attacks last week.
Oh, the vulgarity, the venality, the small-minded nastiness of those loathsome souls now crowding the stage at the Duke on 42nd Street.
Well beyond the confines of late-night comedy, people are embracing a notion of language as performance and combat, and reaching for words that have more punch, more bite and often more overt vulgarity.
On the left, the use of vulgarity seems more desperate, born of a need to keep up with the competition in a media environment that thrives on both pithiness and shock.
But the vulgarity of the passionate Celtics fans still caught Wall by surprise.
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First Known Use of vulgarity
VULGARITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vulgarity for English Language Learners
: the quality or state of not having good taste, manners, politeness, etc.
: something (such as a word) that is offensive or rude
VULGARITY Defined for Kids
Definition of vulgarity for Students
1 : the quality or state of having or showing poor taste or manners
2 : rude or offensive language or behavior
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