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vulgarize

vul·gar·ize

vulgarize

 
pronunciation:
vuhl g raIz
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: vulgarized, vulgarizes, vulgarizing
definition 1: to make unrefined, base, or obscene.
Her natural beauty was vulgarized by garish makeup.The tabloids tried to vulgarize what in truth was an innocent relationship.
definition 2: to reduce to commonness or mass popularity.
The critic felt that the new version of the play vulgarized Shakespeare.
derivations: vulgarization (n.), vulgarizer (n.)