Definition of scurrilous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scurrilous

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈskʌrələs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrələs//
 
(formal)
 
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very rude and insulting, and intended to damage somebody’s reputation scurrilous rumours He wrote a scurrilous piece about me in the local press. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French scurrile or Latin scurrilus (from scurra ‘buffoon’) + -ous.
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