vulgarize

To express or re-express something in a base, common, or lewd manner; to make something commonplace; to make something vulgar.

"Yes," said Mr. Flushing. "And in my opinion," he continued, "the absence of population to which Hirst objects is precisely the significant touch. You must admit, Hirst, that a little Italian town even would vulgarise the whole scene, would detract from the vastness the sense of elemental grandeur."


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  • Vulgarize — Vul gar*ize, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Vulgarized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vulgarizing}.] [Cf. F. vulgariser, LL. vulgarizare.] To make vulgar, or common. [1913 Webster] Exhortation vulgarized by low wit. V. Knox. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vulgarize — index corrupt, debase Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • vulgarize — (Amer.) vul·gar·ize || vÊŒlgÉ™raɪz v. popularize; make vulgar, coarsen (also vulgarise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vulgarize — (also vulgarise) ► VERB 1) make less refined. 2) make commonplace or less subtle or complex. DERIVATIVES vulgarization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • vulgarize — [vul′gər īz΄] vt. vulgarized, vulgarizing 1. to cause to be more widely known, more easily understood, etc.; popularize 2. to make vulgar, coarse, unrefined, obscene, etc. vulgarizer n …   English World dictionary

  • vulgarize — vulgarization, n. vulgarizer, n. /vul geuh ruyz /, v.t., vulgarized, vulgarizing. 1. to make vulgar or coarse; lower; debase: to vulgarize standards of behavior. 2. to make (a technical or abstruse work) easier to understand and more widely… …   Universalium

  • vulgarize — sf., Fr. vulgarisé Halk için yapılan Vulgarize yayınlar …   Çağatay Osmanlı Sözlük

  • vulgarize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1709 1. to diffuse generally ; popularize 2. to make vulgar ; coarsen • vulgarization noun • vulgarizer noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vulgarize — Synonyms and related words: adulterate, alloy, canker, cheapen, clarify, coarsen, confound, contaminate, corrupt, debase, debauch, defile, deflower, degenerate, degrade, denature, deprave, desecrate, despoil, devalue, distort, elucidate, explain …   Moby Thesaurus

  • vulgarize — vul|gar|ize also vulgarise BrE [ˈvʌlgəraız] v [T] formal to spoil the quality or lower the standard of something that is good >vulgarization [ˌvʌlgəraıˈzeıʃən US rə ] n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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