Definition of scurrilous in English:

scurrilous

Syllabification: scur·ril·ous
Pronunciation: /ˈskərələs
 
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adjective

  • 1Making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation: a scurrilous attack on his integrity
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    • We still have this need to balance the rehabilitation of offenders and the damage to people by scurrilous allegations.
    • Those claims were both hypothetical and injudicious and could hinder police investigations when ensued by the ranting claims and scurrilous allegations by a small number of egocentric politicians.
    • Seems he's learned to hold back the tears and keep a stiff upper lip when political operatives spread scurrilous lies and outright falsehoods.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Humorously insulting: a very funny collection of bawdy and scurrilous writings
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    • No insult was deemed too scurrilous to hurl at Honeyford.
    • It is a repetitious and tedious work, a mixture of scholarship and scurrilous invective, but Milton himself was well satisfied with it.
    • This chitchat - bitchy but accepting, faintly scurrilous but jovial - was yet another example of Hollywood wishfulness.

Derivatives

scurrilously

adverb
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  • I have stuck to my mandate when being scurrilously attacked by my co-executive officers and the SFU administration.
  • Some are scurrilously unrepeatable, even virulently nasty, fit only for the twilight gossiping hours in the Ubiquitous Chip.
  • He also asserts, scurrilously, that officials helped Celtic.

scurrilousness

noun
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  • I don't understand why the press doesn't expose this sort of thing - as in hammer the facts of the matter and the scurrilousness of the ad itself until the entire country knows about it, and knows every detail.

Origin

late 16th century: from French scurrile or Latin scurrilus (from scurra 'buffoon') + -ous.

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