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used in Of Human Bondage

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of bad taste — often crude or offensive


unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
  • It was a triumph of irony for that outcast poet to die amid the trappings of vulgar respectability;
    85-86 — Chapters 85-86 (50% in)
vulgar = common (and so thought to be of unsophisticated)
  • He made one feel that a first class was ever so slightly vulgar.
    25-26 — Chapters 25-26 (68% in)
  • He felt that he was unsuited to the vulgar bustle of the Bar, for he had discovered that it was not sufficient to put your name on a door to get briefs; and modern politics seemed to lack nobility.
    25-26 — Chapters 25-26 (81% in)
  • "Oh wise young man!' retorted Hayward, with a smile which made Philip blush, for he felt that in putting into plain words what the other had expressed in a paraphrase, he had been guilty of vulgarity.
    27-28 — Chapters 27-28 (28% in)
  • He had never been to a play in his life till then (poor touring companies sometimes came to the Assembly Rooms at Blackstable, but the Vicar, partly on account of his profession, partly because he thought it would be vulgar, never went to see them) and the passion of the stage seized him.
    29-30 — Chapters 29-30 (5% in)
  • Hayward surrounded his sordid and vulgar little adventures with a glow of poetry, and thought he touched hands with Pericles and Pheidias because to describe the object of his attentions he used the word hetaira instead of one of those, more blunt and apt, provided by the English language.
    29-30 — Chapters 29-30 (17% in)
  • His mind, vulgar in its effort at refinement, saw everything a little larger than life size, with the outlines blurred, in a golden mist of sentimentality.
    29-30 — Chapters 29-30 (29% in)
  • He thought the city of the ancient Romans a little vulgar, finding distinction only in the decadence of the Empire; but the Rome of the Popes appealed to his sympathy, and in his chosen words, quite exquisitely, there appeared a rococo beauty.
    31-32 — Chapters 31-32 (5% in)
  • She complained of the vulgarity of German life, and compared it bitterly with the brilliance of Paris, where she had spent a number of years.
    31-32 — Chapters 31-32 (64% in)
  • It is only when you return to the book with a sounder judgment that you find how gross their pleasures were, how vulgar their minds; and you feel the utter worthlessness, as artists and as human beings, of that gay procession.
    33-34 — Chapters 33-34 (20% in)
  • How could you be so cruel as to torment me by flirting with those vulgar girls.
    35-36 — Chapters 35-36 (38% in)
  • Under Hayward's influence he had persuaded himself that the festivities that attend this season were vulgar and barbaric, and he made up his mind that he would take no notice of the day; but when it came, the jollity of all around affected him strangely.
    37-38 — Chapters 37-38 (39% in)
  • The vulgar scenes with Thompson got on his nerves.
    37-38 — Chapters 37-38 (62% in)
  • It was a vulgar Paris that he showed Philip, but Philip saw it with eyes blinded with illusion.
    37-38 — Chapters 37-38 (87% in)
  • With Hayward, Philip had disdained humanity in the mass; he adopted the attitude of one who wraps himself in solitariness and watches with disgust the antics of the vulgar; but Clutton and Lawson talked of the multitude with enthusiasm.
    41-42 — Chapters 41-42 (66% in)
  • She had scarlet lips, and it was plain that the vivid colour of her cheeks was not due to the vulgarity of nature; she had blackened her eyelashes and eyebrows, and painted both eyelids a bold blue, which was continued to a triangle at the corner of the eyes.
    41-42 — Chapters 41-42 (90% in)
  • She had a flaunting vulgarity which amused and yet horrified.
    45-46 — Chapters 45-46 (6% in)
  • You are amused because I talk in this fashion and you know that I am poor and live in an attic with a vulgar trollop who deceives me with hair-dressers and garcons de cafe; I translate wretched books for the British public, and write articles upon contemptible pictures which deserve not even to be abused.
    45-46 — Chapters 45-46 (21% in)
  • You answer that she belongs to the criminal classes; not at all, she is merely devoid of vulgar prejudice.'
    45-46 — Chapters 45-46 (28% in)
  • The Levantine unfolded a table-cloth, red and yellow, vulgar, hideous, and grotesque.
    45-46 — Chapters 45-46 (58% in)
  • It looked like the work of a child of five, but a child would have had some naivete and might at least have made an attempt to put down what he saw; but here was the work of a vulgar mind chock full of recollections of vulgar pictures.
    45-46 — Chapters 45-46 (94% in)
  • It looked like the work of a child of five, but a child would have had some naivete and might at least have made an attempt to put down what he saw; but here was the work of a vulgar mind chock full of recollections of vulgar pictures.
    45-46 — Chapters 45-46 (94% in)
  • Philip, looking across the cemetery crowded on all sides with monuments, some poor and simple, others vulgar, pretentious, and ugly, shuddered.
    49-50 — Chapters 49-50 (19% in)
  • He thought the jokes vulgar and the melodies obvious; it seemed to him that they did these things much better in France; but Mildred enjoyed herself thoroughly; she laughed till her sides ached, looking at Philip now and then when something tickled her to exchange a glance of pleasure; and she applauded rapturously.
    57-58 — Chapters 57-58 (15% in)
  • Her phrases, so bald and few, constantly repeated, showed the emptiness of her mind; he recalled her vulgar little laugh at the jokes of the musical comedy; and he remembered the little finger carefully extended when she held her glass to her mouth; her manners like her conversation, were odiously genteel.
    57-58 — Chapters 57-58 (39% in)
  • She was not amusing or clever, her mind was common; she had a vulgar shrewdness which revolted him, she had no gentleness nor softness.
    59-60 — Chapters 59-60 (9% in)
  • Philip was repelled by her flat breast and narrow hips, and he hated the vulgar way in which she did her hair.
    59-60 — Chapters 59-60 (12% in)
  • He thought of Cronshaw bound to a vulgar slattern, and he shuddered with dismay .
    61-62 — Chapters 61-62 (79% in)
  • It cost twenty pounds, which was much more than he could afford, but it was showy and vulgar: he knew she would be aware exactly how much it cost; he got a melancholy satisfaction in choosing a gift which would give her pleasure and at the same time indicate for himself the contempt he had for her.
    63-64 — Chapters 63-64 (58% in)
  • It is sickening that vulgar, middle-class virtue should pay.'
    65-66 — Chapters 65-66 (31% in)
  • All I can do is to stand aside and let the vulgar throng hustle by in their pursuit of the good things.'
    67-68 — Chapters 67-68 (9% in)
  • "It's so vulgar.'
    67-68 — Chapters 67-68 (18% in)
  • He thought of Emil Miller, with his pasty, unhealthy look, his shifty blue eyes, and the vulgar smartness of his appearance; he always wore bright red knitted waistcoats.
    69-70 — Chapters 69-70 (33% in)
  • He did not care if she was heartless, vicious and vulgar, stupid and grasping, he loved her.
    69-70 — Chapters 69-70 (70% in)
  • He made up his mind that he had better go in and see her for half an hour; but the necessity irritated him: he was angry with Norah, because she forced him to vulgar and degrading shifts.
    69-70 — Chapters 69-70 (75% in)
  • There was a vulgar sound in the ring of it that horrified Philip.
    73-74 — Chapters 73-74 (92% in)
  • His chief thought was that it was all so horribly vulgar.
    73-74 — Chapters 73-74 (93% in)
  • If I were a gentleman I shouldn't waste my time with a vulgar slut like you.
    75-76 — Chapters 75-76 (33% in)
  • He never read a book, he was blind to everything that was not frivolous and vulgar; he had never a thought that was fine: the word most common on his lips was smart; that was his highest praise for man or woman.
    75-76 — Chapters 75-76 (81% in)
  • He wondered if Mildred and Griffiths would go to a play that evening: they must kill the evening somehow; they were too stupid, both of them to content themselves with conversation: he got a fierce delight in reminding himself of the vulgarity of their minds which suited them so exactly to one anoth er.
    77-78 — Chapters 77-78 (28% in)
  • His reason told him that he would get over his unhappiness in time; if he tried with all his might he could forget her; and it would be grotesque to kill himself on account of a vulgar slut.
    77-78 — Chapters 77-78 (69% in)
  • They both had a vulgar facetiousness which tickled her simple sense of humour, and a certain coarseness of nature; but what took her perhaps was the blatant sexuality which was their most marked characteristic.
    77-78 — Chapters 77-78 (87% in)
  • She answered it with reams of passion, clumsy, for she had no gift of expression, ill-written, and vulgar; the letter bored him, and when it was followed next day by another, and the day after by a third, he began to think her love no longer flattering but alarming.
    79-80 — Chapters 79-80 (84% in)
  • Ragged children played in the road, and an old barrel-organ was grinding out a vulgar tune.
    83-84 — Chapters 83-84 (17% in)
  • And the lack of sympathy, wellmeaning but so tactless, which had taken the poet instead to the vulgar respectability of Kennington!
    85-86 — Chapters 85-86 (48% in)
  • The idealist withdrew himself, because he could not suffer the jostling of the human crowd; he had not the strength to fight and so called the battle vulgar; he was vain, and since his fellows would not take him at his own estimate, consoled himself with despising his fellows.
    87-88 — Chapters 87-88 (92% in)
  • For Philip his type was Hayward, fair, languid, too fat now and rather bald, still cherishing the remains of his good looks and still delicately proposing to do exquisite things in the uncertain future; and at the back of this were whiskey and vulgar amours of the street.
    87-88 — Chapters 87-88 (93% in)
  • How can you be so vulgar?
    95-96 — Chapters 95-96 (30% in)
  • Vulgar?
    95-96 — Chapters 95-96 (30% in)
  • There was no wickedness in them, but only pettiness and vulgarity.
    105-106 — Chapters 105-106 (65% in)
  • And it came to him that the gaping sight-seers and the fat strangers with their guide-books, and all those mean, common people who thronged the shop, with their trivial desires and vulgar cares, were mortal and must die.
    105-106 — Chapters 105-106 (71% in)
  • She had dyed her hair and it was now flaxen: it altered her a good deal, and made her look more vulgar.
    109-110 — Chapters 109-110 (16% in)
  • In the bright light of the restaurant, with its vulgar looking-glasses that reflected in an endless series, she looked old and haggard.
    109-110 — Chapters 109-110 (37% in)
  • His words showed a nice discrimination between the grossness of the vulgar, which he deplored but accepted, and the finer taste of the elect.
    111-112 — Chapters 111-112 (56% in)
  • He knew that the lack made a man petty, mean, grasping; it distorted his character and caused him to view the world from a vulgar angle; when you had to consider every penny, money became of grotesque importance: you needed a competency to rate it at its proper value.
    115-116 — Chapters 115-116 (44% in)
  • His fine taste had given him an inkling that Andalusia was too soft and sensuous, a little vulgar even, to satisfy his ardour; and his imagination dwelt more willingly among the wind-swept distances of Castile and the rugged magnificence of Aragon and Leon.
    121-122 — Chapters 121-122 (30% in)

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