vulgarize


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debase and make vulgar

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act in a vulgar manner

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Since the term middlebrow was coined in the 1920s, critics have routinely decried the insidious and often indiscriminate way in which middlebrow literature vulgarizes and corrupts great art, creating imitations of great literature that pose a threat to the elite world of high culture.
If I may vulgarize the implications of Orwell's argument a bit: substitute Republicans for Kipling and Democrats for the opposition, and you have a synopsis of the state of U.
Instead of rising to the occasion, Holmes does his part to further vulgarize public debate, degrade university culture, and, not least, weaken the nation's ability to defeat a deadly, hidden, globally dispersed, and implacable foe.
Of course, we are all familiar with pop psychology books or other trite materials that water down, vulgarize, and mock their respective disciplines, and a pop ecocriticism book could easily do the same.
The multiplication of incompetence generates incompetence, as the multiplication of scandals vulgarize scandals.
Liberal educators - "persons who are mainly led, not by their class spirit, but by a general humane spirit, by the love of human perfection," according to Arnold (1993a, 110) - promote a spiritual democracy of the rational, inquisitive mind and the considered aesthetic sense that serves as a stark moral corrective to those masters of capital, who vulgarize the body politic and marginalize "the world of ideas" (1993d, 33) in the name of increased production and ever-greater profits.
To choose this option is certainly to lessen the instructional impact; indeed, one is tempted to say, it is to vulgarize the experience of the music.
Rupert Murdoch, the Australian-born media mogul, continues to buy up everything in sight and to further vulgarize news broadcasting.
Vann Woodward argued that Disney's America would "commercialize what should be revered, and vulgarize what is noble in American history.
Rather than vulgarize his thought, he decided to forge his tools and a style of his own.
The three poets were accused of trying to revolutionize, to vulgarize, poetry; they were avowedly interested in freeing poetry from the limitations of the eighteenth century poetic tradition.
In the face of administrative indifference, the author is quite likely to vulgarize and commercialize his work in order to attract a popular audience or simply to give up altogether.
The French guise of Alberti should not surprise the modern reader, since French presses were among the first to vulgarize his amatory works in the later Quattrocento.
Decoufle doesn't depart very far from the music-hall sequential construction that also characterized his earlier Petites Pieces Montees ("Little Ornamental Pieces") but neither does he vulgarize or exhaust the formula.