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ribaldry

[rib-uh l-dree; spelling pronunciation rahy-buh l-dree] /ˈrɪb əl dri; spelling pronunciation ˈraɪ bəl dri/
noun
1.
ribald character, as of language; scurrility.
2.
ribald speech.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English ribaudrie < Old French. See ribald, -ry
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  • What is offensive about it-what is hideous and gross-is the violent, undisciplined excessiveness of its morbid ribaldry.
British Dictionary definitions for ribaldry

ribaldry

/ˈrɪbəldrɪ/
noun
1.
ribald language or behaviour
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Word Origin and History for ribaldry
n.

early 14c., from Old French ribauderie "debauchery, licentiousness," from ribalt (see ribald).

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