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Vulgar (adjective)

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Vúlgar. adj. [vulgaire, Fr. vulgaris, Lat.]

  1. Plebian; suiting to the common people; practised among the common people.

    Men who have passed all their time in low and vulgar life, cannot have a suitable idea of the several beauties and blemishes in the actions of great men. Addison.

  2. Mean; low; being of the common rate.

    It requiring too great a sagacity for vulgar minds to draw the line between virtue and vice, no wonder if most men attempt not a laborious scrutiny into things themselves, but only take names and words, and so rest in them. South.

    Nor wasting years my former strength confound,
    And added woes have bow'd me to the ground:
    Yet by the stubble you may guess the grain,
    And mark the ruins of no vulgar man.
    Broome.

  3. Publick; commonly bruited.

    Do you hear aught of a battle toward? —
    — Most sure, and vulgar; every one hears that.
    Shakesp.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Broome, William (16) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · South, Robert (158)

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