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vulgar

adjective uk   /ˈvʌl.ɡər/ us    /-ɡɚ/ disapproving

vulgar adjective (NOT SUITABLE)

not suitable, simple, dignified or beautiful; common or not in the style preferred by the upper classes of society: a vulgar patterned shirt I've no idea how much the clothes cost because there was nothing so vulgar as a price tag in evidence. Isn't it rather vulgar to talk about how much money you earn?

vulgar adjective (RUDE)

rude and likely to upset or anger people, especially by referring to sex and the body in an unpleasant way: It was an extremely vulgar joke.
vulgarity
noun [U] uk   /vʌlˈɡær.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/
vulgarly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
(Definition of vulgar from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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