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

2. grossly or obscenely abusive

3. using or given to coarse language; vulgar and evil

If something is scurrilous, it’s meant to offend.  If you say something scurrilous about someone, your intentions are bad: you mean to damage their reputation or insult them (or quite possibly both).

– Vocabulary Dictionary

Part of Speech (POS)


Why is it important to know a words’ part of speech?

Answer: Understanding the different parts of speech is important in understanding how words can and should be joined together to make sentences that are grammatically correct and legible. An understanding of the parts of speech is also conducive for correctly punctuating sentences.

Below are examples of scurrilous used correctly in a sentence:

• Despite Devin’s scurrilous lies, the store manager did not reprimand him. (Complex Sentence)

• Devin scurrilously screamed obscenities at his ex-wife, so she video recorded the incident on her cell phone and reported it to the police. (Compound Sentence).

• Although Devin has a large family, he doesn’t communicate well with many of his relatives; and the scurrilous accusations that he impugns against his family create friction and hostility. (Compound-Complex Sentence)

• “Devin’s scurrilousness and incendiary rhetoric won’t be tolerated at the board meeting,” said Donna. (Simple Sentence)

Other word forms of Scurrilous

scurrilously = adverb

scurrilousness = noun

Synonyms for the word scurrilous:

**Remember, a synonym is a word or phrase that has the exact or near exact same definition as another word or phrase.

• abusive

• contumelious

• invective

• opprobrious

• truculent


1. Write three complex sentences using the word scurrilous.

**A complex sentence is a sentence that contains one independent and at least one dependent clause. An independent clause is a complete thought that can stand alone as a sentence. A dependent clause is not a complete thought. It is a sentence that depends on the independent clause.

2. Write two compound sentences using the word scurrilous.

**A compound sentence is a sentence containing two or more independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.

3. Write two simple sentences using both the adverb and noun word forms for scurrilous.

4. After proofreading your sentences, type them into the Leave a Reply/Leave a Comment section below (keep scrolling down).

5. Please review The 4 Types of Sentences workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category. At the very bottom of this page you will find a search bar section where you can type in the words The 4 Types of Sentences to find the workshop and other helpful workshops.

A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback for the sentences you provide in the comment section below. If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to post those as well.

Writing Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word, by consistently incorporating it into your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word.

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