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debase and make vulgar

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act in a vulgar manner

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But they offered their Jewish readers the pleasures of reading literature that did much more than vulgarize high culture, fiction that made passionate commitments to Judaism the subject matter of literature that was self-consciously designed to read like the texts that cultural elites were enshrining as the epitome of great art.
The assumption, reflected in our legal system and countless advice columns, goes something like this: Business vulgarizes intimacy, and intimacy corrupts business.
The wonder of Ruehl is that while she revels in Peggy's raunchiness, she never vulgarizes her character.
Naturally public opinion deforms and vulgarizes all that.
But synopsis vulgarizes her artful glaze--coat upon layered coat of transparent intellection.
It's all about the gradual decay of the Parisian world, says Benjamin; as the arcades become more and more seedy, they exude a poisonous atmosphere that commodifies and vulgarizes the emotions--all of which is reflected in the sensationalism of the novel that panders to the corrupted taste of an increasingly materialized world.
It vulgarizes and cheapens everything and deprives all the work of its importance.
Though more poetic than your standard studio fare, ``City of Angels'' inevitably vulgarizes the source material.
Conte notes that while this dinner party vulgarizes Plato's Symposium, the immediate model is a Latin classic, Horace's Satire 2.
Paradoxically, the discrediting of the word reclaims its repetition, an inflation which, upon diffusing it, vulgarizes it, like the mechanical images that Andy Warhol multiplies, demystifying the object: but the same process invalidates the image, its repetition, and, upon its exposure (in the Maos or Marilyns, the faces of Warhol Sc Co.
This observation, which even Felix Frankfurter might have applauded, gives the lie to Paul Freund's complaint that "what Mason touches he vulgarizes.
As the title of his article suggests, Fukuyama, vulgarizes Hegel to the point of absurdity, by delivering a racist and colonialist justification that "Through the two world wars in this century .
Regrettably, the critical writings have been, for the most part, omitted in the rush to judgment, and the result is a noisy, self-important book that vulgarizes the issues, both moral and intellectual.
Macdonald, whose 1960 Partisan Review article "Masscult and Midcult" is the best-known critique of middlebrow culture, asserted that "midcult" is more detrimental to society than mass culture: "It pretends to respect the standards of High Culture while in fact it waters them down and vulgarizes them.