Origin of scurrilous
Examples from the Web for scurrilous
Failing that, Abrams should issue a public apology to Hagel for making this scurrilous charge.
And this time there will be no internal committees of enquiry or scurrilous U.N. Goldstone commissions.
During its one year in office, the Zardari government has passed two measly but scurrilous bills.
I stood aghast at this scurrilous address, the like of which I had never yet heard.Athelstane Ford|Allen Upward
His paper was not wholly the sort of scurrilous organ it has been shown to be.Pickwickian Studies|Percy Fitzgerald
The Italian, so proud of the elegance of his manners, sometimes assumes the most scurrilous tone.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
In Ambrakia once Pyrrhus was advised to banish a man who abused him in scurrilous terms.Plutarch's Lives, Volume II|Aubrey Stewart & George Long
Another objection this gentleman has, and that is that I am scurrilous.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 7 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Word Origin 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.