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vulgar
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The Scarlet Letter

3 uses
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Definition of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
  • The vulgar, who, in those dreary old times, were always contributing a grotesque horror to what interested their imaginations, had a story about the scarlet letter which we might readily work up into a terrific legend.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (97% in)
  • According to the vulgar idea, the fire in his laboratory had been brought from the lower regions, and was fed with infernal fuel; and so, as might be expected, his visage was getting sooty with the smoke.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (95% in)
  • Even in outward demeanour they showed a stamp of majesty that made the warrior's haughty stride look vulgar, if not absurd.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (12% in)

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