From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vulgarism \Vul"gar*ism\, n. [Cf. F. vulgarisme.]
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   1. Grossness; rudeness; vulgarity.
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   2. A vulgar phrase or expression.
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            A fastidious taste will find offense in the
            occasional vulgarisms, or what we now call "slang,"
            which not a few of our writers seem to have
            affected.                             --Coleridge.
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