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noun, plural scur·ril·i·ties for 2.
  1. a scurrilous quality or condition.
  2. a scurrilous remark or attack.
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Origin of scurrility

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

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Historical Examples of scurrility

  • 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


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

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