vulgar +‎ -ian. Compare Late Latin vulgarius, Latin vulgaris.



vulgarian (plural vulgarians)

  1. A vulgar individual, especially one who emphasizes or is oblivious to their vulgar qualities.
    • 1894, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Ebb-Tide [1]
      He was by this time on the deck, but he had the art to be quite unapproachable; the friendliest vulgarian, three parts drunk, would have known better than take liberties...
    • 1907, William James, Social Value of the College-Bred [2]
      But to have spent one's youth at college, in contact with the choice and rare and precious, and yet still to be a blind prig or vulgarian, unable to scent out human excellence or to divine it amid its accidents, to know it only when ticketed and labeled and forced on us by others, this indeed should be accounted the very calamity and shipwreck of a higher education.



vulgarian (comparative more vulgarian, superlative most vulgarian)

  1. Having the characteristics of a vulgarian, vulgar.


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