One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An interest in or preoccupation with excrement and excretion.
- ‘Tf you don't mind a little scatology along with your predictable love story, you could do worse than this amiable diversion, which will provide an above-average quota of giggles.’
- ‘With their propensity for schoolboy humour and scatology, they deal with the subject by uproarious laughter.’
- ‘But it is not just sex that is fixated on waste and scatology; the characters within the film are painted with a misanthropic glee.’
- ‘But Sharon caught me off guard when she started to talk with some approval about scatology, a fetish whose adherents use feces to enhance sexual activity.’
- ‘The subtle interweaving of scatology and death is positively Freudian.’
- 1.1 Obscene literature that is concerned with excrement and excretion.
indecency, immorality, impropriety, salaciousness, smuttiness, smut, lewdness, rudeness, vulgarity, dirtiness, dirt, filthiness, filth, foulness, coarseness, crudeness, grossness, vileness, nastiness, impurity, immodesty, indelicacy, indecorousness, unwholesomeness, scabrousness, ribaldry, bawdiness, suggestiveness, eroticism, carnality, lasciviousness, lechery, licentiousness, libidinousness, degeneracy, depravity, amorality, debauchery, dissoluteness, prurienceView synonyms
- ‘They aren't always polite in their writings; sometimes they use parody, satire and occasionally even scatology.’
Late 19th century: from Greek skōr, skat- ‘dung’ + -logy.
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