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

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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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Nazi caricatures of Jews as conniving, scurrilous schemers - a people of hooked noses and sinister motives - infused the art, literature, film and propaganda that led to the Holocaust. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Trump’s Jewish comments play on anti-Semitism in culture, film and art," 22 Aug. 2019 So magnificent are these 300 warriors that they surely would have held the pass indefinitely ... if not for the actions of a scurrilous traitor, Ephialtes, a misshapen hunchback who was too deformed to serve in the Spartan line. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 The idea that the 2008 campaign was uniquely scurrilous is provably wrong. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Ben Shapiro’s revealing explanation for Donald Trump’s rise: it’s all Obama’s fault," 7 Sep. 2018 Others predicted the internet giant would surely recoil from our scurrilous treatment by relocating to a red state. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "We freaked out over Amazon’s HQ2 search. But it turned out to be for all the wrong reasons," 13 Nov. 2018 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,, "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,, "Doc: Is who the Reds have now better than who they've dumped?," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of scurrilous

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of scurrilous

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

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