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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Definitions for scabrous

  1. full of difficulties.
  2. having a rough surface because of minute points or projections.
  3. indecent or scandalous; risqué; obscene: scabrous books.

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Citations for scabrous
The old divorce case had been revived by a journalist. It was moderately scabrous. It had been with the wife of a still-prominent Tory politician. C. P. Snow, In Their Wisdom, 2000
He had amused her with the exacting nature of his questions, and his demands that she should include even the most scabrous details in her accounts. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Madeline is Sleeping, 2005
Origin of scabrous
1575-1585
Scabrous is related to the common word scab. Both terms come from the Latin word scaber meaning "rough."