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used in The Fountainhead

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of bad taste — often crude or offensive


unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
  • But he represents...everything that's wrong with the world...the triumph...of overbearing vulgarity....
    1.14 — Part 1 Chapter 14 (68% in)
  • A few words to say informally in a little after-dinner speech—you know, nothing blatant, no vulgar sales talk—only a few well-chosen thoughts on the responsibility of realtors to society, on the importance of selecting architects who are competent, respected and well established.
    1.3 — Part 1 Chapter 3 (31% in)
  • Her face, her pale gold hair, her suit seemed to have no color, but only a hint, just on the verge of the reality of color, making the full reality seem vulgar.
    1.9 — Part 1 Chapter 9 (84% in)
  • The memory of Catherine seemed heavy and vulgar in the presence of the thin white hand he saw hanging over the arm of the chair before him.
    1.10 — Part 1 Chapter 10 (38% in)
  • Then Keating said suddenly, his voice clinging in relief to the bright vulgarity of its new tone: "Aw hell, Howard, I was only talking good plain horse sense.
    1.15 — Part 1 Chapter 15 (59% in)
  • And to display one's brain is so vulgar.
    2.6 — Part 2 Chapter 6 (29% in)
  • It's even more vulgar than to display one's wealth.
    2.6 — Part 2 Chapter 6 (29% in)
  • He held the rim of the glass under his nose and inhaled with a loose kind of sensual relish, which, at a dinner table, would have been equivalent to a loud lipsmacking, vulgar there, superlatively elegant here, over a cut-crystal edge pressed to a neat little mustache.
    2.8 — Part 2 Chapter 8 (12% in)
  • Just a touch of vulgarity.
    2.8 — Part 2 Chapter 8 (22% in)
  • He considered athletics vulgar and said so; the brain, he said, was mightier than the brawn; he meant it.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (23% in)
  • A few lines, the structure of a few muscles showed a magnificent talent that could not be hidden, that broke fiercely through the rest; the rest was a deliberate attempt to be obvious, vulgar and trite, a clumsy effort, unconvincing and tortured.
    2.11 — Part 2 Chapter 11 (51% in)
  • He glanced at the room and noted angrily how vulgar his Victorian furniture looked beside the elegance of Dominique's figure.
    2.14 — Part 2 Chapter 14 (5% in)
  • Just a little professional vulgarity.
    2.15 — Part 2 Chapter 15 (52% in)
  • The rooms were a superlative artistic achievement; their simplicity and beauty would have aroused gasps of admiration had this house belonged to anyone else; but people were shocked into silence when they thought that this was the home of the publisher of the New York Banner, the most vulgar newspaper in the country.
    3.1 — Part 3 Chapter 1 (6% in)
  • Usually in the more vulgar kind of hotels.
    3.2 — Part 3 Chapter 2 (59% in)
  • It is vulgar.
    3.6 — Part 3 Chapter 6 (15% in)
  • The background she had wished was set so perfectly that it became its own caricature, not a specific society wedding, but an impersonal prototype of lavish, exquisite vulgarity.
    3.7 — Part 3 Chapter 7 (23% in)
  • He held this moment and he made of it, of the glare, of the vulgarity, a silent height of his own.
    3.7 — Part 3 Chapter 7 (28% in)
  • The Wynand papers—that stronghold of yellow journalism, vulgarity, corruption and muckraking, that organized insult to public taste and decency, that intellectual underworld ruled by a man who has less conception of principles than a cannibal—the Wynand papers are the proper champions of Howard Roark, and Howard Roark is their rightful hero.
    4.13 — Part 4 Chapter 13 (68% in)

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