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scurrility

[skuh-ril-i-tee]
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noun, plural scur·ril·i·ties for 2.
  1. a scurrilous quality or condition.
  2. a scurrilous remark or attack.

Origin of scurrility

From the Latin word scurrīlitās, dating back to 1500–10. See scurrile, -ity

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2. vituperation, abuse, vilification, invective; indecency, vulgarity.
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Examples from the Web for scurrility

Historical Examples

  • It reeked with scurrility and disloyalty from beginning to end.

    The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1

    John Charles Dent

  • There is the low joke which arises from scurrility and idle conceit.

    Book of Wise Sayings

    W. A. Clouston

  • His tongue might avenge him; scurrility is his strong point.

  • Compare his geniality with the scurrility of the smart writers.

  • Most of the newspapers contain nothing but scurrility and abuse.

    My Memoirs

    Marguerite Steinheil


Word Origin and History for scurrility

n.

c.1500, from Latin scurrilitas "buffoonery," from scurrilis (see scurrilous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper