scurrilous

  • 1 Scurrilous — Scur ril*ous, a. [See Scurrile.] 1. Using the low and indecent language of the meaner sort of people, or such as only the license of buffoons can warrant; as, a scurrilous fellow. [1913 Webster] 2. Containing low indecency or abuse; mean; foul;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 scurrilous — I adjective abusive, coarse, contumeliosus, disgusting, disrespectful, foul, gross, indecent, indelicate, insulting, lascivious, lewd, libidinous, licentious, low, mean, obscene, offensive, opprobrious, probrosus, ribald, risque, salacious,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 scurrilous — using such language as only the licence of a buffoon can warrant [Johnson], 1570s, from scurrile coarsely joking (c.1500, implied in scurrility), from L. scurrilis buffoonlike, from scurra fashionable city idler, later buffoon. According to Klein …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 scurrilous — *abusive, opprobrious, vituperative, contumelious Analogous words: ribald, obscene, gross, *coarse, vulgar: insulting, outraging, offending or offensive (see corresponding verbs at OFFEND): foul, filthy, *dirty …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 scurrilous — [adj] foul mouthed, vulgar abusive, coarse, contumelious, defamatory, dirty, filthy, foul, gross, indecent, infamous, insulting, invective, lewd, low, nasty, obscene, offending, offensive, opprobrious, outrageous, raunchy, ribald, salacious,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 scurrilous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ making scandalous claims about someone in order to damage their reputation. DERIVATIVES scurrility noun (pl. scurrilities) . ORIGIN Latin scurrilus, from scurra buffoon …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 scurrilous — [skʉr′ə ləs] adj. [ SCURRIL(E) + OUS] 1. using indecent or abusive language; coarse; vulgar; foulmouthed 2. containing coarse vulgarisms or indecent abuse scurrilously adv. scurrilousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 scurrilous — [[t]skʌ̱rɪləs, AM skɜ͟ːr [/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Scurrilous accusations or stories are untrue and unfair, and are likely to damage the reputation of the person that they relate to. Scurrilous and untrue stories were being invented.… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 scurrilous — adjective Date: 1576 1. a. using or given to coarse language b. vulgar and evil < scurrilous imposters who used a religious exterior to rob poor people Edwin Benson > 2. containing obscenities, abuse, or slander < scurrilous accusations > •… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 scurrilous — scurrilously, adv. scurrilousness, n. /skerr euh leuhs, skur /, adj. 1. grossly or obscenely abusive: a scurrilous attack on the mayor. 2. characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive: a scurrilous jest. [1570 80;… …

    Universalium

  • 11 scurrilous — scur|ri|lous [ˈskʌrıləs US ˈskə:r ] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: scurrilis, from scurra stupid person ] scurrilous remarks, articles etc contain damaging and untrue statements about someone ▪ a scurrilous attack on his integrity… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 scurrilous —    , which is most often encountered in the expression a scurrilous attack, does not mean disreputable or specious, though those senses are often intended. It means grossly obscene or abusive. An attack must be exceedingly harsh to be scurrilous …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 13 scurrilous — /ˈskʌrələs / (say skuruhluhs) adjective 1. grossly or indecently abusive: a scurrilous attack. 2. characterised by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive: a scurrilous jest. {see scurrile, ous} –scurrilously, adverb –scurrilousness …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 scurrilous — adj. Scurrilous is used with these nouns: ↑attack, ↑rumour …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 scurrilous —  does not mean merely angry or insulting. It means grossly obscene or abusive. An attack must be exceedingly harsh to be scurrilous …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 16 scurrilous — adjective formal scurrilous remarks, articles etc contain damaging and untrue statements about someone scurrilously adverb scurrilousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 scurrilous — adjective such scurrilous language! Syn: defamatory, slanderous, libelous, scandalous, insulting, offensive, gross; abusive, vituperative, malicious; informal bitchy …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 scurrilous — adjective /ˈskɜɹələs,ˈskʌɹələs/ a) given to vulgar verbal abuse; foul mouthed b) coarse, vulgar, abusive, or slanderous See Also: scurrile …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 scurrilous — Synonyms and related words: Fescennine, Rabelaisian, abusive, atrocious, back biting, backhand, backhanded, bawdy, belittling, bitchy, blasphemous, blue, calumniatory, calumnious, catty, censorious, coarse, comminatory, contemptuous, contumelious …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 scurrilous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. abusive, foul mouthed, vituperative, insulting, offensive, coarse, vulgar, opprobrious. See detraction, disrespect. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. indecent, coarse, vulgar, foulmouthed, obscene,… …

    English dictionary for students