The politician had to make a public announcement to restore his reputation if he wanted a chance at winning the election after his opponent spread scurrilous lies about him.
- A nasty, verbal, abusive attack on a teacher is an example of a scurrilous attack.
- An untrue rumor spread for the purposes of making a politician look bad to voters is an example of something that would be described as scurrilous.
- Archaic characterized by indecent or abusive language; coarse; vulgar
- maliciously insulting; slanderous, libelous, etc.
Origin of scurrilousscurril(e) + -ous
- Given to the use of vulgar, coarse, or abusive language.
- Expressed in vulgar, coarse, or abusive language.
- Of a malicious or slanderous nature; defamatory: “The law affords them wide First Amendment protection … even when they write scurrilous lies” ( Richard Curtis )
(comparative more scurrilous, superlative most scurrilous)
From Latin scurrilis (“buffoon-like"), from scurra (“a buffoon").