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From Latin scurrīlis (buffoon-like), from scurra (a buffoon).



scurrilous (comparative more scurrilous, superlative most scurrilous)

  1. (of a person) Given to vulgar verbal abuse; foul-mouthed.
  2. (of language) coarse, vulgar, abusive, or slanderous
  3. gross, vulgar and evil
    • 2013, Alex Himelfarb, ‎Jordan Himelfarb, Tax Is Not a Four-Letter Word: A Different Take on Taxes in Canada
      "Some days, I try to imagine how scurrilous it would be for a left-leaning government in Canada to embark on such a costly political agenda for, say, a 10-year period, and still find itself unable to convince Canadians that the majority have benefited from this."
    We have had our address used by scurrilous crooks in the past to gain assets by fraud.

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