American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having or covered with scales or small projections and rough to the touch. See Synonyms at rough.
- adj. Difficult to handle; knotty: a scabrous situation.
- adj. Dealing with scandalous or salacious material: a scabrous novel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Rough; rugged; having sharp points or little asperities. Specifically, in zoology and botany, rough or roughened as if scabby, as a surface; covered with little points or asperities: as, shagreen is the scabrous skin of a shark; especially, rough to the touch from hardly visible granules or minute angular elevations with which a surface, as of an insect or a plant, is covered. Also
- Harsh; unmusical.
- adj. covered with scales or scabs, or otherwise extremely rough
- adj. having indecent sexual content or connotation, rough
- adj. figuratively harsh; unmusical
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Rough to the touch, like a file; having small raised dots, scales, or points; scabby; scurfy; scaly.
- adj. rare Fig.: Harsh; unmusical.
- adj. rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf
- adj. dealing with salacious or indecent material
- Latin scabrosus. (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin scabrōsus, from scaber, scabr-, scurfy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Political and journalistic combatants who knew each other socially usually restrained themselves from the kind of scabrous public attack Americans now find so objectionable.”
“The "works on paper" are fascinating: weird and offhand enough to make you doubt they're from Bacon's hand, but also just the kind of scabrous visual notes an artist like Bacon -- who didn't draw much -- would have warmed up to paint with.”
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“The base color of these dull boxes was an equally dull grey; where in the past people had tried to apply paint, either to cover the entire building or as crude advertisements, the paint remained only in patches, as if the buildings had some kind of scabrous disease.”
“Despite the subject and the title, there is nothing in the least "scabrous" in it.”
“But here, "scabrous" as the subject might be, the treatment is scrupulously”
“a tenth part of the popularity of his more "scabrous" things, though itself is very far from prudish, and though it makes no appearance in some lists and collections of his work.”
“scabrous" part of the matter by the author of Diderot's other books.”
“Its scabrous skin swelled outward, and its eerie face grew larger and stranger, and its blood-spitting eyes became crystal-shooting eyes.”
“The hyena wailed, scabrous claws skittering on broken flagstones.”
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