Definition of "vulgarize" []

  • To make vulgar; debase: "What appalls him is the sheer cheesiness of TV iniquity. Television has even vulgarized hell” ( Jack Kroll). (verb-transitive)
  • To disseminate widely; popularize. (verb-transitive)
  • To make commonplace or vulgar; debase (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To make (something little known or difficult to understand) widely known or popular among the public; popularize (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "vulgarize" in a sentence
  • "Visual ironies tend to fall flat or they vulgarize very quickly or they become grotesque."
  • "Zuckerberg clearly does not want to sell the company to a firm that will vulgarize it with ubiquitous ads."
  • "To vulgarize and to falsify until the bare lies shine through."