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thersitical (thur-SIT-i-kuhl) adjective

Foulmouthed; scurrilous.

[After Thersites, a Greek in Iliad known for his abusive and foulmouthed nature. He called Agamemnon greedy and Achilles a coward.]

"The self-described beneficiaries of most of this I.Q. increase, Princeton's 'Smart Fans,' have railed at season's end against thersitical cheers and jouncing the stands at basketball games."
Bullyrag; The Princeton Spectator (New Jersey); Mar 3, 1998.

"To conclude, after the fashion of our Thersitical Magazinist, Mr. Poe is about 39. He may be more or less."
Hiram Fuller; Mr Poe and the New York Literati; Evening Mirror (New York); May 26, 1846.

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