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vulgate (VUL-GAYT) noun

1. Everyday, informal speech of a people.

2. Any widely accepted text of a work.

3. The Latin version of the Bible made by Saint Jerome at the end of the 4th century.

[From Late Latin vulgata editio (popular edition), past participle of vulgare (to make public or common), from vulgus (the public).]

"A failure to communicate. That phrase, which wormed its way into the vulgate via the great Paul Newman movie, `Cool Hand Luke,' perfectly describes some of the recent imbroglios in which prominent public figures have lately found themselves." Alan Abelson, Up & Down Wall Street: Cloudy Forecast, Barron's (Chicopee, Massachusetts), Feb 12, 2001.

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