What does "vulgar" mean here?
Such an obsession with pecuniary gain ‘would degrade the most vulgar tradesman in the opinion of all his neighbours".(Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments)
- Anonymous2 months agoFavorite Answer
It means low class -- from Latin vulgaris, meaning pertaining to the common people.
- ♥Sweetness♥Lv 72 months ago
In this sentence it means someone who has a job or profession that is beneath what the speaker finds socially acceptable. Sort of like when someone says they are a garbage collector, and a snobby person looks like they can't tolerate that person to be in the same room BECAUSE they collect garbage.