scurrilousness

scurrilous

[skur-uh-luhs, skuhr-]
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:
1570–80; scurrile + -ous

scurrilously, adverb
scurrilousness, noun


1. vituperative, insulting, offensive. 2. vulgar.
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scurrilous (ˈskʌrɪləs)
 
adj
1.  grossly or obscenely abusive or defamatory
2.  characterized by gross or obscene humour
 
[C16: from Latin scurrīlis derisive, from scurra buffoon]
 
scurrility
 
n
 
'scurrilousness
 
n
 
'scurrilously
 
adv

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scurrilous
"using such language as only the licence of a buffoon can warrant" [Johnson], 1576, from scurrile "coarsely joking" (1508, implied in scurrility), from L. scurrilis "buffoonlike," from scurra "fashionable city idler," later "buffoon." According to Klein, "an Etruscan loan-word."
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