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Definition of bad taste — often crude or offensive


unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
  • Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
vulgarity = crudeness (showing of bad taste)
  • I won't repeat the vulgar term she used to describe him.
  • vulgar = crude or offensive
  • 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
  • vulgar = crude and offensive
  • Yes, I must confess I am getting vulgar, but then, you see, I am drunk.
    Anton Chekhov  --  Uncle Vanya
  • vulgar = showing bad taste (crude, offensive, or unsophisticated)
  • 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
  • vulgar = unsophisticated
  • No matter how vulgar a hotel is, the bar is always nice.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • vulgar = of bad taste (crude, offensive, or unsophisticated)
  • As if I'd ever given her grounds to believe I'd stoop to such vulgarity!
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • vulgarity = bad taste (crude, offensive, or unsophisticated behavior)
  • 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
  • vulgar = of bad taste
  • There was something so crude and vulgar about everything of the kind.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • vulgar = of bad taste
  • By then they were both drunk, and I could hear Mother scream every vulgar phrase imaginable.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • vulgar = crude or offensive
  • nasty, low, vulgar things!
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • vulgar = of bad taste — often crude or offensive
  • Troy is usually the most talkative and at times he can be crude and almost vulgar,
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • vulgar = crude or offensive
  • he looks vulgar in his finery,
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • vulgar = lacking in sophistication or good taste
  • It is very vulgar to talk about one's business.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • vulgar = in bad taste (unsophisticated or crude)
  • And yet you are right—it really is vulgar and contemptible.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • vulgar = of bad taste (crude, offensive, or unsophisticated)
  • What cared Isabel Archer for the vulgar judgments of obscure people?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • vulgar = unsophisticated
  • It was a triumph of irony for that outcast poet to die amid the trappings of vulgar respectability;
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • vulgar = common (and so thought to be of unsophisticated)
  • They affect us just as vulgarity affects us.
    Wilde, Oscar  --  The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  • Be thou familiar; but by no means vulgar:
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet
  • I took the opportunity of being alone in the courtyard to look at my coarse hands and my common boots.  My opinion of those accessories was not favorable.  They had never troubled me before, but they troubled me now, as vulgar appendages.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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