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Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
  of bad taste — often crude or offensive


of unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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  • Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
  • As if I’d ever given her grounds to believe I’d stoop to such vulgarity!
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • nasty, low, vulgar things!
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • By then they were both drunk, and I could hear Mother scream every vulgar phrase imaginable.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It

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  • Troy is usually the most talkative and at times he can be crude and almost vulgar,
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • He was coarse and vulgar; he cussed man, God, and nature every day of his life.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • It is very vulgar to talk about one’s business.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • No matter how vulgar a hotel is, the bar is always nice.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • There was something so crude and vulgar about everything of the kind.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • And yet you are right—it really is vulgar and contemptible.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground

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  • What cared Isabel Archer for the vulgar judgments of obscure people?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • He was dressed as a man dresses who takes little other trouble about it than to have no vulgar things.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • he looks vulgar in his finery,
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Yes, I must confess I am getting vulgar, but then, you see, I am drunk.
    Anton Chekhov  --  Uncle Vanya
  • It was a triumph of irony for that outcast poet to die amid the trappings of vulgar respectability;
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness, to think that a thousand square miles are a thousand times more wonderful than one square mile, and that a million square miles are almost the same as heaven.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • She can never be vulgar, as I am about to be.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Pardon the vulgarity.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • This school is a center of vulgarity and obscenity and they take girls for picnics to different resorts.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • He did not use the word "genitalia," but rather a vulgarity.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Nothing vulgar or heretical.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But her talk was also not vulgar or harshly provincial-sounding as was the other girls’ ; she was obviously educated, and quite well, and this compelled me even more, though it shouldn’t have.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • A vulgar word, Irene would say.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • She was a haughty, vulgar, utterly impertinent assassin.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Around him there were cries in the night and, from the alehouses, vulgar laughter.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • After they left, I stayed on the wall for a few minutes, their laughter and Johnny Wayne’s vulgar confession replaying in my head.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Let us simply agree that it was a most vulgar statement.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Among ourselves we scoffed at the vulgarity and pathos of that African lust for gold.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Mistakenly, I had expected a stereotyped vulgarity.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Don’t be vulgar," says Cordelia, in her adult voice.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I was paying little attention to Dougal’s talk, which shifted back and forth between Gaelic and English, ranging from bits of gossip and farming talk to what sounded like vulgar jokes and meandering stories.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Even my name was too vulgar to be spoken.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • From the Nevada border it was a short drive down into Reno, which he considered a vulgar, aging cowboy town.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Forgive me this vulgarity, Mr. Markos, but the mere act of urinating turned into a test of endurance.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • But he represents…everything that’s wrong with the world…the triumph…of overbearing vulgarity….
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • * A man known primarily as "Pfiffikus"—whose vulgarity made Rosa Hubermann look like a wordsmith and a saint.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • For twenty years this field had embodied all the waste that was Vietnam, all the vulgarity and horror.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • The cook replied with unbelievable vulgarity.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Then he recalled the coarseness and bluntness of her thoughts and the vulgarity of the expressions that were natural to her, though she had been brought up in the most aristocratic circles.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "Plot is a primitive vulgarity in literature," said Balph Eubank contemptuously.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The vulgarity!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Liza ignored the vulgarity.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Across the pastures, the incredible vulgarity of highly amplified hillbilly music drifted from the cafe on the highway.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Spoken Japanese is full of disrespectful insult words that can be much more cutting than mere vulgarity.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • —You’re the essence of vulgarity, she in gliding said.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The Miss Gunns smiled stiffly, and thought what a pity it was that these rich country people, who could afford to buy such good clothes (really Miss Nancy’s lace and silk were very costly), should be brought up in utter ignorance and vulgarity.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Her severity made the house a redoubt of old customs in a town convulsed by the vulgarity with which the outsiders squandered their easy fortunes.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • He loved her much too fondly to subject her to that horrid woman and her vulgarities, and the rough treatment of a soldier’s wife.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Arbatov did not permit himself to be surprised by the vulgarity.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The father was a quiet, simple soul, calmly ignorant, with no touch of vulgarity.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
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