vul·​gar·​ize | \ ˈvəl-gə-ˌrīz \
vulgarized; vulgarizing

Definition of vulgarize

transitive verb

1 : to diffuse generally : popularize
2 : to make vulgar : coarsen

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Other Words from vulgarize

vulgarization \ ˌvəl-​gə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
vulgarizer \ ˈvəl-​gə-​ˌrī-​zər \ noun

Examples of vulgarize in a Sentence

The movie is a vulgarized version of the original story. the composer's masterpiece has been hopelessly vulgarized by its use in countless TV commercials

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Ever since his rise to power, Trump has served as a vulgarizing agent. Leon Neyfakh, Slate Magazine, "Donald Trump Is Turning Us All Into Boring Pundits," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of vulgarize

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of vulgarize was in 1709

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English Language Learners Definition of vulgarize

: to make (something) worse by making it less formal or more ordinary

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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