Category: Word of the Day
skuh rə ləs
1. characterized by or given to using vulgar or coarse language.
These rather scurrilous remarks were edited from the tape.
He refrained from telling his scurrilous tales while the children were present.
Pirates have a reputation for being scurrilous fellows.
2. containing or marked by abuse or slander.
The candidate’s campaign literature put forward a scurrilous attack on his opponent.
This is nothing but a scurrilous rumor.
They protested the company’s scurrilous treatment of workers.
1. a person of deep learning; scholar.
The work of translation was carried out by savants in the seventeenth century.
2. a person with extraordinary intellectual skill in a limited area or areas despite cognitive disability in other areas.
She is a musical savant and can play any piece perfectly on the piano after hearing it just once.
sihn tI lə
a tiny amount; trace.
There was not a scintilla of truth in the rumor.
1. sounding deeply or loudly.
The cello’s plangent notes introduce a sense of foreboding.
2. having a sad or mournful sound; plaintive.
In the fall, we hear the plangent cries of geese flying south in formation.
1. the act of saving property from destruction, esp. the rescue of a ship or its cargo from fire or shipwreck.
The salvage of the leaking vessel seemed impossible.
2. the property that is saved in this way.
The salvage was hauled to the shore.
3. the money that is paid to people who voluntarily help in such an effort.
1. to save or rescue (all or part of something) from harm or destruction.
We salvaged all we could from our home after the flood.
Much of the ship’s cargo was salvaged from the wreckage.
After her crushing defeat, we doubted she could salvage her reputation.
2. to keep (the parts of something that remain intact after a destructive event) for later use.