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Sunday, April 17, 2011

scurrilous

\SKUR-uh-luhs\ , adjective;
1.
Grossly or obscenely abusive.
2.
Characterized by or using low buffoonery.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
Scurrilous likely traces its origin to the Etruscan language, coming into Latin as scurrilis, "fashionable city idler," and, later, "buffoon."
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