Scurrilous meaning

skûrə-ləs, skŭr-
The definition of scurrilous is something that is very abusive, or is scandalous and potentially harmful rumors spread to ruin someone's reputation.

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.

adjective
3
0
Characterized by indecent or abusive language; coarse; vulgar.
adjective
3
0
Given to the use of vulgar, coarse, or abusive language.
adjective
2
0
Expressed in vulgar, coarse, or abusive language.
adjective
2
0
Of a malicious or slanderous nature; defamatory.
adjective
1
0
Advertisement
Maliciously insulting; slanderous, libelous, etc.
adjective
0
0
(of a person) Given to vulgar verbal abuse; foul-mouthed.
adjective
0
0
(of language) Coarse, vulgar, abusive, or slanderous.
adjective
0
0

Origin of scurrilous

  • From Latin scurrilis (“buffoon-like"), from scurra (“a buffoon").

    From Wiktionary