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scandalous

[skan-dl-uh s] /ˈskæn dl əs/
adjective
1.
disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper:
scandalous behavior in public.
2.
defamatory or libelous, as a speech or writing.
3.
attracted to or preoccupied with scandal, as a person:
a scandalous, vicious gossip.
Origin of scandalous
1585-1595
1585-95; < Medieval Latin scandalōsus. See scandal, -ous
Related forms
scandalously, adverb
scandalousness, noun
nonscandalous, adjective
nonscandalously, adverb
superscandalous, adjective
superscandalously, adverb
unscandalous, adjective
unscandalously, adverb
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adj.

late 15c., from French scandaleux, from Medieval Latin scandalosus "scandalous," from Church Latin scandalum (see scandal). Related: Scandalously.

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