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Meaning of vulgar

vul•gar

Pronunciation: (vul'gur), [key]
— adj.
  1. characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste: vulgar ostentation.
  2. indecent; obscene; lewd: a vulgar work; a vulgar gesture.
  3. crude; coarse; unrefined: a vulgar peasant.
  4. of, pertaining to, or constituting the ordinary people in a society: the vulgar masses.
  5. current; popular; common: a vulgar success; vulgar beliefs.
  6. spoken by, or being in the language spoken by, the people generally; vernacular: vulgar tongue.
  7. lacking in distinction, aesthetic value, or charm; banal; ordinary: a vulgar painting.
—n.
  1. the common people.
  2. the vernacular.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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