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.
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.
I've had enough of serving as negative pole for every thersitical machine on this ship.
"As these thersitical traducers are no doubt aware, I am not without resources.