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scurrilous

[ skur-uh-luhs, skuhr- ]
/ ˈskɜr ə ləs, ˈskʌr- /
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adjective
grossly or obscenely abusive: a scurrilous attack on the mayor.
characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive: a scurrilous jest.
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Origin of scurrilous

First recorded in 1570–80; scurrile + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM scurrilous

scur·ril·ous·ly, adverbscur·ril·ous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for scurrilous

scurrilous
/ (ˈskʌrɪləs) /

adjective
grossly or obscenely abusive or defamatory
characterized by gross or obscene humour

Derived forms of scurrilous

scurrility (skəˈrɪlɪtɪ) or scurrilousness, nounscurrilously, adverb

Word Origin for scurrilous

C16: from Latin scurrīlis derisive, from scurra buffoon
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