Meaning of coprolalia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkɒprəˈleɪlɪə/


mass nounPsychiatry
  • The involuntary and repetitive use of obscene language, as a symptom of mental illness or organic brain disease.

    ‘A child with coprolalia may blurt out insults, racial slurs or obscenities.’
    • ‘Complex tics might include jumping, smelling objects, touching the nose, touching other people, coprolalia, echolalia, or self-harming behaviors.’
    • ‘The swearing and verbal abuse to which you refer is known as coprolalia and it is that that often receives the media attention - but it is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette Syndrome.’
    • ‘But no, coprolalia is not the right description.’
    • ‘Well, that's the most commonly recognised form of Tourette's, which is called coprolalia.’
    bad language, foul language, strong language


Late 19th century from Greek kopros ‘dung’ + lalia ‘speech, chatter’.