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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)


  • Robert Craft replies: Richard Taruskin, the meticulous scholar I first met eight years ago and through correspondence came to know and like, has lately turned into a sloppy, thersitical journalist, more judgmental than Dr. Johnson.

    'Jews and Geniuses': An Exchange

  • I've had enough of serving as negative pole for every thersitical machine on this ship.

    The Black Hole

  • "As these thersitical traducers are no doubt aware, I am not without resources.



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