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scabrous Syllabification: scab·rous
Pronunciation: /ˈskabrəs/

Definition of scabrous in English:


1Rough and covered with, or as if with, scabs.
Example sentences
  • Mengele, she believes, chose her for this favoured project because, although sick and lousy, her flesh was remarkably unmarked - Mengele had an aversion to scarred or scabrous skin.
  • After an unnerving 45-minute ride on scabrous rural roads (one pothole too many and my rented '80s Honda 50 cc would have gone flying), I came across a tiny town.
  • Tears scald his scabrous cheeks, and he can hardly laugh - even the sardonic bark he reserves for all humanity - without torturing his jaw.
2Indecent; salacious: scabrous publications
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  • Now it's pig easy to go on the Internet and just grab the planet's most scabrous excesses - absolute debauchery - you lay it out there with the complete sterile access of a surgeon or a medical test.
  • Not all the ‘women whom he chose to love’ shared this lady's antipathy, as we learn from the gallant, erotic, or downright scabrous poems they occasioned.
  • It's lurid, scabrous, scatological, banal and brilliant.


Late 16th century (first used to describe an author's style as 'harsh, unmusical, unpolished'): from French scabreux or late Latin scabrosus, from Latin scaber 'rough'.



Example sentences
  • Initially his trauma in the trenches has left him literally speechless, but when Rivers gets him to talk, Billy turns out to be scabrously angry and anxious to return to the front.
  • He wrote caustically about Jews publicly and scabrously privately.


Pronunciation: /ˈskabrəsnəs/

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