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scurrility

[skuh-ril-i-tee] /skəˈrɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural scurrilities for 2.
1.
a scurrilous quality or condition.
2.
a scurrilous remark or attack.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Latin scurrīlitās. See scurrile, -ity
Synonyms
2. vituperation, abuse, vilification, invective; indecency, vulgarity.
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  • There was much scurrility in between, and its ferocity never slackened.
  • They are by no means free from the scurrility which was characteristic of that age of controversy.
  • During all this period the political bitterness was intense, as the scurrility of the newspapers bore witness.
  • The newspapers reviled their opponents with the utmost bitterness, and often with ferocious scurrility.
Word Origin and History for scurrility
n.

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

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