scatology

noun
sca·​tol·​o·​gy | \ska-ˈtä-lə-jē, skə-\

Definition of scatology 

1 : interest in or treatment of obscene matters especially in literature

2 : the biologically oriented study of excrement (as for taxonomic purposes or for the determination of diet)

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Other Words from scatology

scatological \ ˌska-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ adjective

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Almost every sort of smear from scatology to homophobia has been voiced by celebrities to turn Trump into a president deserving such abuse — and worse. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Behind the vitriol: Are Trump's critics mimicking his tactics?," 26 Apr. 2018 Or: 2) Trump’s tweets and scatology and profanity have reached a saturation point. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump’s Midterm Known Unknowns," 23 Jan. 2018 Attic’s scatology speaks to what Katherine’s ravenous imagination must feed on when incarcerated. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Convict," 12 Sep. 2017 The Democratic National Committee leaders in their speeches resort to scatology to reflect their furor at Trump’s victory. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Two Resistances," 5 Sep. 2017 But while the next 88 minutes supply plenty of scatology — including a blessedly discreet toilet-paper joke — this potty-mouthed movie has higher matters in mind. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on ‘Sausage Party,’ Their R-Rated Animated Film AUG. 4, 2016," 11 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of scatology

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scatology

Greek skat-, skōr excrement; akin to Old English scearn dung, Latin muscerdae mouse droppings

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scatology

noun
sca·​tol·​o·​gy | \ska-ˈtäl-ə-jē, skə- \
plural scatologies

Medical Definition of scatology 

1 : interest in or treatment of obscene matters especially in literature

2 : the biologically oriented study of excrement (as for taxonomic purposes or for the determination of diet)

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