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


  • IPA(key): /ˈskɜɹələs/, /ˈskʌɹələs/


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
    • 2014 July 29, "On chutzpah and war," (retrieved 29 July 2014):
      Perhaps the greatest chutzpah is the term itself, moving from scurrilous origins to something admirable.
  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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