Definition of scurrilous in US English:

scurrilous

adjective

  • 1Making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation.

    ‘a scurrilous attack on his integrity’
    • ‘Seems he's learned to hold back the tears and keep a stiff upper lip when political operatives spread scurrilous lies and outright falsehoods.’
    • ‘With all this scurrilous scandal that is around, it is important to get it into context.’
    • ‘Once again the press enthusiastically publicised these scurrilous claims.’
    • ‘Well I suppose you all know what I'm assuming: that within the Liberal Party there are strategies to discredit the Greens, of which this scurrilous attack is an example.’
    • ‘That's an attitude that really resonates with the LGBT community, which has had to face down scurrilous attacks for years.’
    • ‘They have accepted hearsay, endorsed scurrilous attacks, and walked away from their responsibilities as pastoral shepherds and teachers.’
    • ‘The scurrilous attacks on the Congress were water on a duck's back to me.’
    • ‘Those claims were both hypothetical and injudicious and could hinder police investigations when ensued by the ranting claims and scurrilous allegations by a small number of egocentric politicians.’
    • ‘There's also a tendency I think to downplay, or forget, or make light of just how scurrilous and damaging a charge this was.’
    • ‘These scurrilous and totally unfounded allegations will be proven false in a court room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We still have this need to balance the rehabilitation of offenders and the damage to people by scurrilous allegations.’
    • ‘To speak of them in those terms that he did represents a scurrilous attack on their dedication and professionalism and I condemn it utterly.’
    • ‘The scurrilous claim is based on a survey that showed smoking levels were falling among teenagers.’
    • ‘But the most scurrilous attack came during the height of last summer's gas price boom.’
    • ‘He described the article as a scurrilous attack on the personal character of a judge, which may constitute a contempt of court.’
    • ‘This remains a balanced view which answers the many scurrilous attacks by academics and popular writers out to debunk.’
    • ‘When Irving turns to Churchill as Prime Minister in 1940 he levels his most scurrilous attacks.’
    • ‘The further matter, that of being scurrilous and spreading speculation, is a matter for voyeurs, not Ministers.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter how awful the accusation is, it doesn't matter how scurrilous and unfounded it is.’
    abusive, vituperative, derogatory, disparaging, denigratory, pejorative, deprecatory, insulting, offensive, defamatory, slanderous, libellous, scandalous, opprobrious, vitriolic, venomous
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    1. 1.1 Humorously insulting.
      ‘a very funny collection of bawdy and scurrilous writings’
      • ‘This chitchat - bitchy but accepting, faintly scurrilous but jovial - was yet another example of Hollywood wishfulness.’
      • ‘It is a repetitious and tedious work, a mixture of scholarship and scurrilous invective, but Milton himself was well satisfied with it.’
      • ‘No insult was deemed too scurrilous to hurl at Honeyford.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

scurrilous

/ˈskərələs//ˈskərələs/