scur·​ri·​lous | \ ˈskər-ə-ləs How to pronounce scurrilous (audio) , 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

Keep scrolling for more

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
Recent Examples on the Web One reason for her trepidation was the presence of the international press, hoping for some piece of scurrilous or revelatory news. Alexander Larman, Town & Country, "Revealed: New Revelations From Wallis Simpson's Scandalous Divorce Hearing," 19 Jan. 2021 On Friday night, the Court dismissed this scurrilous lawsuit on the grounds that Texas had no standing to challenge election results in other states. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The G.O.P. Can No Longer Be Relied On to Protect Democracy," 12 Dec. 2020 Attorney General William Barr has at least been attempting to atone for the FBI’s and Justice Department’s scurrilous behavior during the 2016 campaign and after Mr. Trump’s election. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Judge Sullivan’s Final ‘Verdict’," 10 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately, the platform’s misleading advertising has given rise to a scurrilous campaign against the film itself. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Cuties,” the Extraordinary Netflix Début That Became the Target of a Right-Wing Campaign," 8 Sep. 2020 During the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, Harris ran with the most scurrilous smears against him, reading into the Congressional record the ludicrous and since-discredited gang-rape charge peddled by Michael Avenatti. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Bulverism at The Bulwark," 18 Aug. 2020 Its agents pushed scurrilous and panic-inducing messages to U.S. cellphones saying that President Trump was about to impose a national lockdown policed by the National Guard. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "America Can’t Face China Alone," 25 Apr. 2020 TELEVISION Smollett's character dealt with scurrilous blog rumors on Wednesday night's (March 13) series return. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "'Empire' Producer Says Cutting Jussie Smollett From Final Season 5 Episodes Was 'A Very Difficult Decision'," 14 Mar. 2019 The tenuous Wright connection, in Hendrickson’s feverish imagination, is a scurrilous newspaper editor named Robert Lloyd Jones, who used his Tulsa paper to whip up white indignation. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scurrilous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of scurrilous

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about scurrilous

Time Traveler for scurrilous

Time Traveler

The first known use of scurrilous was in 1576

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about scurrilous

Statistics for scurrilous

Last Updated

28 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Scurrilous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for scurrilous



English Language Learners Definition of scurrilous

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

More from Merriam-Webster on scurrilous

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for scurrilous

Nglish: Translation of scurrilous for Spanish Speakers

Comments on scurrilous

What made you want to look up scurrilous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!