V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. expressed in an abusive and defamatory way; 2. foul mouthed or vulgar

Synonyms: invective, insulting, reproachful, abusive, vulgar, defamatory, insolent, nasty, obscene, offensive, ribald

Antonyms: kind, complimentary, flattering

Tips: Scurrilous is derived from the Latin scurra, which means "buffoon." Scurrilous has come to describe expressing something with language characteristic of a buffoon, somebody rude and vulgar. It also describes abusive and insulting language.

Usage Examples:

She dismissed the allegation, saying it was just a scurrilous rumor. (nasty, defamatory)

It was a scurrilous attack designed to hurt his reputation. (insulting, reproachful)

He was asked to leave the restaurant after he scurrilously abused a waiter. (offensively) adverb

Her usually sweet demeanor became shockingly scurrilous after one too many drinks. (vulgar, abusive, offensive)

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