vulgarize

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vulgarize (third-person singular simple present vulgarizes, present participle vulgarizing, simple past and past participle vulgarized)

  1. To express or re-express something in a base, common, or lewd manner; to make something commonplace; to make something vulgar.
    • 1915: Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out [1]
      "Yes," said Mr. Flushing. "And in my opinion," he continued, "the absence of population to which Hirst objects is precisely the significant touch. You must admit, Hirst, that a little Italian town even would vulgarise the whole scene, would detract from the vastness — the sense of elemental grandeur."

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