- grossly or obscenely abusive: a scurrilous attack on the mayor.
- characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive: a scurrilous jest.
Origin of scurrilous
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Examples from the Web for scurrilous
Failing that, Abrams should issue a public apology to Hagel for making this scurrilous charge.Elliott Abrams Owes Hagel An Apology
January 11, 2013
And this time there will be no internal committees of enquiry or scurrilous U.N. Goldstone commissions.Living By The Sword
November 16, 2012
The White House counsel was done in by a scurrilous leaks campaign.The Assassination of Greg Craig
November 16, 2009
During its one year in office, the Zardari government has passed two measly but scurrilous bills.Hillary, Go Home
October 28, 2009
Well, of course you know, and I know, that they're scurrilous lies; but just how will you stop them?The Million-Dollar Suitcase
I stood aghast at this scurrilous address, the like of which I had never yet heard.Athelstane Ford
Your uncle, who heard about it at the club, says it is scurrilous.Lalage's Lovers
George A. Birmingham
His paper was not wholly the sort of scurrilous organ it has been shown to be.Pickwickian Studies
In Grundtvig, the taunting degenerates into a scurrilous tirade.The Translations of Beowulf
Chauncey Brewster Tinker
- grossly or obscenely abusive or defamatory
- characterized by gross or obscene humour
Word Origin and History for scurrilous
"using such language as only the licence of a buffoon can warrant" [Johnson], 1570s, from scurrile "coarsely joking" (c.1500, implied in scurrility), from Latin scurrilis "buffoonlike," from scurra "fashionable city idler, man-about-town," later "buffoon." According to Klein, "an Etruscan loan-word." Related: Scurrilously; scurrilousness.