sca·​brous | \ ˈska-brəs also ˈskā- How to pronounce scabrous (audio) \

Definition of scabrous

1 : difficult, knotty a scabrous problem
2 : rough to the touch: such as
a : having small raised dots, scales, or points a scabrous leaf
b : covered with raised, roughened, or unwholesome patches scabrous paint scabrous skin
3 : dealing with suggestive, indecent, or scandalous themes : salacious also : squalid

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Other Words from scabrous

scabrously adverb
scabrousness noun

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rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface. a rough wooden board harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch. a harsh fabric that chafes the skin uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality. an old house with uneven floors rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel. a rugged landscape scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface. a scabrous leaf

Examples of scabrous in a Sentence

a movie with scabrous humor
Recent Examples on the Web Underground rappers like Denzel Curry, Ghostemane and Scarlxrd have embraced their bloodletting lyrics and scabrous noise. Los Angeles Times, "With new fans aboard, Korn shows how to metal in middle age," 10 Sep. 2019 The ensuing game of false pretenses and misapprehensions leads to an ingenious sequence in which Akerman channels Peter Sellers’s accentuated antics along with a bit of Groucho Marx’s scabrous arrogance. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: A Rediscovered Short by—and Starring—Chantal Akerman," 22 Aug. 2019 In the fifth episode of the new season of Succession, the scabrous Roy family find themselves at the country retreat of a liberal-media doyenne, Nan Pierce (Cherry Jones), and in the entirely unfamiliar situation of having to play nice. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Succession Is Better Than Ever," 11 Aug. 2019 Levinson followed that with the scabrous HBO series The Wire (2002–8), which introduced a roster of new-generation black stereotypes to authenticate the social fears first put into law through the 1994 Clinton crime bill. Armond White, National Review, "The Baltimore Culture Wars: A History," 31 July 2019 And in the 2000 GOP South Carolina presidential primary, John McCain faced a scabrous whispering campaign that falsely claimed that his adopted daughter from Bangladesh was the fruit of an affair with a black prostitute. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Lindsey Graham’s “Achilles Heel”," 9 July 2019 Sometimes scabrous and always irreverent, his cartoons swipe gleefully at disability and other sensitive topics, piercing the movie’s one-day-at-a-time orthodoxy. Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018 During that earlier period of tech wealth accumulation known as the dotcom era, the Baffler was a reliable source of scabrous insight into the collective insanity of the times. Stephen Phillips,, "New tech books: ‘Bad Blood,’ ‘Live Work Work Work Die,’ ‘The Efficiency Paradox’," 22 June 2018 Around the same time, his longtime band mate in the scabrous L.A. rock group the Icarus Line, Alvin DeGuzman, was quietly dying of cancer and would succumb just days after this show. August Brown,, "Joe Cardamone of the Icarus Line finds faith in music after a string of tragedies," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of scabrous

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scabrous

Latin scabr-, scaber rough, scurfy; akin to Latin scabere to scratch — more at scab

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The first known use of scabrous was in 1646

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“Scabrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scabrous

technical : having a rough surface
formal : referring to sex in a rude or shocking way

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