scurrilous

adjective
scur·ri·lous | \ˈskər-ə-ləs, ˈskə-rə-\

Definition of scurrilous 

1a : using or given to coarse language

b : vulgar and evil scurrilous imposters who used a religious exterior to rob poor people— Edwin Benson

2 : containing obscenities, abuse, or slander scurrilous accusations

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Other Words from scurrilous

scurrilously adverb
scurrilousness noun

Examples of scurrilous in a Sentence

scurrilous attacks on the senator a scurrilous satire on the scandal that enveloped Washington

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After the President lied to the American people, the President's associates argued that the allegations against the President were false and even scurrilous. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and what the Starr Report says about impeachment, annotated," 11 July 2018 Contrary to her latest defamatory press statement, the evidence, including sworn testimony, will show the full extent and scope of the scurrilous falsehoods Kesha spread. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "Kesha Reveals She's Yet to Be Paid for Rainbow, Blames Dr. Luke for Lady Gaga Text Leak: Lawyer," 15 June 2018 Someday, perhaps, attention-seeking social-media posts will naturally peter out, as CB radio chatter and scurrilous pamphleteering once did. Amar Bhidé, WSJ, "Skepticism Beats Snopes as an Antidote to Fake News," 8 June 2018 Harvey has long been rumored to be more interested in New York nightlife, supermodels, and perhaps the other scurrilous aspects of stardom — but that mattered little to fans when the sinker was drawing swings-and-misses. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: Is who the Reds have now better than who they've dumped?," 8 May 2018 Implausible, scurrilous and unsupported allegations are not reportable, but a government official making public reference to such allegations is reportable. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Trump Dossier Dam Is Breaking," 27 Oct. 2017 Of course, once these scurrilous claims hit the public sphere, other brain deads pick up the mantle. Angela Helm, The Root, "Fringe Media Outlets Smear Heather Heyer, Alleging She Died By Heart Attack, Not a Raging White Supremacist," 10 Sep. 2017 Scurrilous rumors that McMaster has a drinking problem floated around the periphery. Tina Nguyen, The Hive, "Inside the Plot to Oust Steve Bannon," 17 Aug. 2017 Antifa becomes merely a radical adjunct to traditional Democratic-party politics; the alt-right becomes merely a useful tool for scurrilous Republican politicians and media figures. Ben Shapiro, National Review, "Antifa and the Alt-Right, Growing in Opposition to One Another," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of scurrilous

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of scurrilous was in 1576

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scurrilous

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English Language Learners Definition of scurrilous

: said or done unfairly to make people have a bad opinion of someone

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