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Vulgarity

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Vulgárity. n.s. [from vulgar.]

  1. Meanness; state of the lowest people.

    Although their condition may place them many spheres above the multitude; yet are they still within the line of vulgarity and democratical enemies to truth. Brown.

    True it is, and I hope I shall not offend their vulgarities, if I say they are daily mocked into error by devisers. Brown.

  2. Particular instance or specimen of meanness.

    Is the grand sophos of Persius, and the sublimity of Juvenal to be circumscribed with the meanness of words, and vulgarity of expression? Dryden's Dedication to Juvenal.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (204) · Dryden, John (788)

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