Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 2 months ago

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)

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    It means low class -- from Latin vulgaris, meaning pertaining to the common people.

  • 2 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. 

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