Definition of scabrous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskeɪbrəs/
Pronunciation: /ˈskabrəs/


1Rough and covered with, or as if with, scabs: his face was scabrous and lumpy
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  • 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.
1.1Unpleasant; unattractive: a scabrous hovel
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  • Lurching and moaning like the undead, their final EP is scabrous and abhorrent listening.
  • I'll admit that there's a certain amount of gawp-in-horror entertainment to be had from seeing the scabrous insides of sundry slackers' houses - but the weekly ‘look at the BUGS that were in your carpet!’
  • Their daughter Sally was bright and personable but her liberal husband, Michael, represented all that Archie hated, and the scabrous arguments between the two formed the central conflict from which the comedy flowed.
2Indecent; salacious: scabrous details included being regularly seen with a mistress
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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.



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: /ˈskeɪbrəsnəs/ Pronunciation: /ˈskabrəsnəs/


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'.

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