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scurrilous

[skur-uh-luh s, skuhr-] /ˈskɜr ə ləs, ˈskʌr-/
adjective
1.
grossly or obscenely abusive:
a scurrilous attack on the mayor.
2.
characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive:
a scurrilous jest.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; scurrile + -ous
Related forms
scurrilously, adverb
scurrilousness, noun
Synonyms
1. vituperative, insulting, offensive. 2. vulgar.
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British Dictionary definitions for scurrilously

scurrilous

/ˈskʌrɪləs/
adjective
1.
grossly or obscenely abusive or defamatory
2.
characterized by gross or obscene humour
Derived Forms
scurrility (skəˈrɪlɪtɪ), scurrilousness, noun
scurrilously, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin scurrīlis derisive, from scurra buffoon
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Word Origin and History for scurrilously

scurrilous

adj.

"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.

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