Vulgar

Definition of Vulgar

Vul´gar
a.1.
1.Of or pertaining to the mass, or multitude, of people; common; general; ordinary; public; hence, in general use; vernacular.
Things vulgar, and well-weighed, scarce worth the praise.
- Milton.
It might be more useful to the English reader . . . to write in our vulgar language.
- Bp. Fell.
The mechanical process of multiplying books had brought the New Testament in the vulgar tongue within the reach of every class.
- Bancroft.
2.Belonging or relating to the common people, as distinguished from the cultivated or educated; pertaining to common life; plebeian; not select or distinguished; hence, sometimes, of little or no value.
Men who have passed all their time in low and vulgar life.
- Addison.
In reading an account of a battle, we follow the hero with our whole attention, but seldom reflect on the
vulgar heaps of slaughter.
- Rambler.
3.Hence, lacking cultivation or refinement; rustic; boorish; also, offensive to good taste or refined feelings; low; coarse; mean; base; as, vulgar men, minds, language, or manners.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
- Shak.
Vulgar fraction
(Arith.) See under Fraction.
n.1.
1.One of the common people; a vulgar person.
These vile vulgars are extremely proud.
- Chapman.
2.The vernacular, or common language.

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