Definition of coprolalia in English:

coprolalia

noun

Psychiatry
  • [mass noun] The involuntary and repetitive use of obscene language, as a symptom of mental illness or organic brain disease.

    • ‘A child with coprolalia may blurt out insults, racial slurs or obscenities.’
    • ‘The swearing and verbal abuse to which you refer is known as coprolalia and it is that that often receives the media attention - but it is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette Syndrome.’
    • ‘Well, that's the most commonly recognised form of Tourette's, which is called coprolalia.’
    • ‘Complex tics might include jumping, smelling objects, touching the nose, touching other people, coprolalia, echolalia, or self-harming behaviors.’
    • ‘But no, coprolalia is not the right description.’
    bad language, foul language, strong language
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Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek kopros dung + lalia speech, chatter.

Pronunciation:

coprolalia

/ˌkɒprə(ʊ)ˈleɪlɪə/