Adjective "scurrilous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation.
  1. 'The further matter, that of being scurrilous and spreading speculation, is a matter for voyeurs, not Ministers.'
  2. 'They have accepted hearsay, endorsed scurrilous attacks, and walked away from their responsibilities as pastoral shepherds and teachers.'
  3. 'To speak of them in those terms that he did represents a scurrilous attack on their dedication and professionalism and I condemn it utterly.'
  4. 'Once again the press enthusiastically publicised these scurrilous claims.'
  5. 'There's also a tendency I think to downplay, or forget, or make light of just how scurrilous and damaging a charge this was.'
  6. 'The scurrilous attacks on the Congress were water on a duck's back to me.'
  7. 'When Irving turns to Churchill as Prime Minister in 1940 he levels his most scurrilous attacks.'
  8. 'These scurrilous and totally unfounded allegations will be proven false in a court room.'
  9. 'The work was widely attacked as blasphemous and scurrilous, occasionally praised as blunt and plain; its apparent flippancy was certainly intended to be provocative, and long remained so.'
  10. 'It doesn't matter how awful the accusation is, it doesn't matter how scurrilous and unfounded it is.'
  11. 'a very funny collection of bawdy and scurrilous writings'
  12. 'This chitchat - bitchy but accepting, faintly scurrilous but jovial - was yet another example of Hollywood wishfulness.'


1. grossly or obscenely abusive: a scurrilous attack on the mayor.

2. characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive: a scurrilous jest.

More examples(as adjective)

"attacks can be scurrilous."

"allegations can be scurrilous."

"stories can be scurrilous."

"gossips can be scurrilous."

"criticisms can be scurrilous."

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Late 16th century: from French scurrile or Latin scurrilus (from scurra ‘buffoon’) + -ous.