Scurrility Scur*ril"i*ty, n. [L. scurrilitas: cf. F. scurrilit['e].] 1. The quality or state of being scurrile or scurrilous; mean, vile, or obscene jocularity. [1913 Webster]

Your reasons . . . have been sharp and sententious, pleasant without scurrility. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is scurrile or scurrilous; gross or obscene language; low buffoonery; vulgar abuse. [1913 Webster]

Interrupting prayers and sermons with clamor and scurrility. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Scurrilousness; abuse; insolence; vulgarity; indecency. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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