unvulgarize

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unvulgarize

(ʌnˈvʌlɡəˌraɪz) or

unvulgarise

vb (tr)
to make unvulgar; to raise from the level of the common and ordinary; to refine; to elevate
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The quantity of thought which Hogarth crowds into every picture would alone unvulgarise every subject which he might choose.
Most convincing of these offerings was the 'Liebestod' from Tristan und Isolde, but even this suffered from vamping tremolandi, and not even the urbane Bebbington could do much to unvulgarise them, while the best thing to do with the mercifully rarely-heard Valhalla, Liszt's rambling rumination on magnificent themes from perhaps Wagner's most perfect opera, Das Rheingold, is probably to sweep it under the carpet.