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- adj. Scurrilous, grossly defamatory.
- adj. Caustic, obscenely and tactlessly abusive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling or characteristic of Thersites, a scurrilous character in Homer's Iliad; hence, grossly abusive; scurrilous; foul-mouthed.
After Thersites, a minor character in the Illiad who slandered and mocked Achilles. (Wiktionary)