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That is a false and scurrilous accusation.
  offensive language or behavior — especially unjust accusations
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  • That is a false and scurrilous accusation.
  • He indulges in scurrilous jests...
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  The Professor
  • This fellow writes in the most scurrilous newspapers; you have told me so yourself.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • "One of those scurrilous things," it attacked starters and trainers and owners and provided gossip to be carefully read between races.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family

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  • …in that cauldron of historical allusions and dialectical hypotheses and religious imperatives and legal precedents and anthropological propositions the smoky, ominous presence of a single word—repeated several times—which quite baffled and confounded and frightened her, appearing as it did in this otherwise persuasively practical text, this clever polemic which voiced with breezily scurrilous mockery the sly propaganda she had half heard more than once over the Bieganski dinner table.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • That said, at a luncheon a few months ago he was regaling the table with an utterly scurrilous story about Fred Astaire which I don’t feel can possibly be true.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Satan dropped it there, I take it, intending a scurrilous jest against your reverence.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The reporter, Torsson, had cobbled together a scurrilous piece.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Marquesa, beside not having heard the scurrilous songs, was in other ways unprepared for the actress’s visit.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Forewarn him that he use no scurrilous words in his tunes.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale

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  • Wherever did you hear such a scurrilous rumor?
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • They read these scurrilous rags of newspapers, and nothing will suit them but that someone in their town shall get poisoned too.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Now, many of our printers make no scruple of gratifying the malice of individuals by false accusations of the fairest characters among ourselves, augmenting animosity even to the producing of duels; and are, moreover, so indiscreet as to print scurrilous reflections on the government of neighboring states, and even on the conduct of our best national allies, which may be attended with the most pernicious consequences.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Those who sat in the world’s upper gallery treated that incident, I am well convinced, with their usual vociferation; and every term of scurrilous reproach was most probably vented on that occasion.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • …mantle of adultery, (leader’s) trusty henchmen to the number of ten or a dozen or possibly even more than that penetrated into the printing works of the Insuppressible or no it was United Ireland (a by no means by the by appropriate appellative) and broke up the typecases with hammers or something like that all on account of some scurrilous effusions from the facile pens of the O’Brienite scribes at the usual mudslinging occupation reflecting on the erstwhile tribune’s private morals.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …for ten years, thought they committed no Injustice; and yet they never questioned what crime he had done; but what hurt he would doe: Nay they commanded the banishment of they knew not whom; and every Citizen bringing his Oystershell into the market place, written with the name of him he desired should be banished, without actuall accusing him, sometimes banished an Aristides, for his reputation of Justice; And sometimes a scurrilous Jester, as Hyperbolus, to make a Jest of it.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Musta heard all those scurrilous rumors circulated by the fascist press.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He told three new stories about Professor Robertshaw, all of them scurrilous and most of them untrue, on their way, and he almost coaxed Martin into cheerfulness.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Annie sailed triumphantly through Oxford, launching a radical and scurrilous magazine and sickening her friends by getting a brilliant First in English without ever appearing to do a stroke of work.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Atlee was marched under guard to General Howe’s headquarters at Bedford, where he and other prisoners were subjected to "the most scurrilous and abusive language, both from officers, soldiers, and camp-ladies, everyone …. demanding of the guard why we were taken, why we were not put to the bayonet."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The rich, the poor, the high professor and the prophane, seem all to be infected with this grievous disorder, so that the love of our neighbor seems to be quite banished, the love of self and opinions so far prevails…… The [Tory] enemies of our present struggle …. are grown even scurrilous to individuals, and treat all characters who differ from them with the most opprobrious language.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He’s a scurrilous dog, that man," she muttered.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • "Scurrilous," I say, correcting him.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • I question not but thou hast been told, among other stories of me, that thou wast to travel with a very scurrilous fellow; but whoever told thee so did me an injury.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • For hours Sondelius talked, of Shanghai and epistemology and the painting of Nevinson; for hours he sang scurrilous lyrics of the Quarter, and boomed, "Yey, how I kill the rats at Kellett’s wharf today! I don’t t’ink one little swizzle would break down too many glomeruli in an honest man’s kidneys."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • ) it was almost like some scurrilous bit of gossip that had nothing to do with me.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Satan dropped it there, I take it, intending a scurrilous jest against your reverence.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • THERSITES, a deformed and scurrilous Greek
    Shakespeare, William  --  History of Troilus and Cressida
  • s false and scurrilous accusation, with profound contempt.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Posthumous Papers Of The Pickwick Club
  • I imagine to myself the scowl of your spiritual eye upon the profanity of that scurrilous Ursa Major.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  Poems
  • Curse you and your vile hints, you mongrel, you hanger-on, you scurrilous beast
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  A Millionaire of Yesterday
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