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Definition of "scurrility" [scur•ril•i•ty]

  • The quality of being vulgar, coarse, or abusive. (noun)
  • A vulgar, coarse, or abusive remark or passage. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scurrility" in a sentence
  • "Or obscenity or foolish talking or scurrility, which is to no purpose: but rather giving of thanks."
  • "Even from the eutrapelia which might signify a bon-mot, literally, and which certainly is not "scurrility," unless the apostle was ironical, reflecting on jokes with heathen considered"
  • "How, that is to say, can we account for what Terry Eagleton, in The Function of Criticism, calls the "scurrility" and "sectarian virulence" (37) of the Quarterly and the Edinburgh Reviews?"