scurrilous
[ skur-uh-luhs ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Late 16th century; Latin from French scurrile or Latin scurrilus (from scurra ‘buffoon’) + -ous
Synonyms
    1.
  • insulting
  • lewd
  • offending
    2.
  • defamatory
  • indecent
  • scandalous
  • slanderous
Antonyms
    1.
  • clean
  • polite
  • upright
    2.
  • moral
  • pure
Definition
1. humorously insulting
2. making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation
Examples
1. A) Pulling Ben's chair out from behind him as he sat down was meant in scurrilous jest. B) I was deeply offended by Martha's scurrilous joke!
2. A) The scurrilous claims made about the mayor could have been the reason he was not reelected to office. B) One particular group of girls at the high school were known for spreading scurrilous rumors about their classmates.
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