Word of the DaySunday, April 17, 2011
\SKUR-uh-luhs\ , adjective;
Grossly or obscenely abusive.
Characterized by or using low buffoonery.
As always with scurrilous rumors, 'tis best to do nothing.
-- Julia Justiss, Rogue's Lady
But, promised the Prime Minister as he began, the speech would take only seven hours, at the most, providing the Opposition did not interrupt too often with scurrilous irrelevancies.
-- Anthony C. Winkler, The Painted Canoe
Scurrilous likely traces its origin to the Etruscan language, coming into Latin as scurrilis, "fashionable city idler," and, later, "buffoon."
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