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[skan-dl-uh s] /ˈskæn dl əs/
disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper:
scandalous behavior in public.
defamatory or libelous, as a speech or writing.
attracted to or preoccupied with scandal, as a person:
a scandalous, vicious gossip.
Origin of scandalous
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for scandalous
  • The current maldistribution of wealth is also scandalous.
  • Jobs were alleged to have been handed out as political favours: scandalous stuff.
  • Margery wore a flimsy nightgown with nothing underneath, scandalous enough for those times.
  • Maybe we'll stand on the sidewalk outside your office and say something scandalous.
  • When you get right down to it, the scandal isn't all that scandalous.
  • Causey reported to prison to begin serving five and a half years for his role in the company's scandalous collapse.
  • And since his departure, a relentless flow of scandalous revelations has further soiled his reputation.
  • There was no other way to explain that scandalous lack of professionalism and accountability.
  • What is scandalous is not recruiting from populations that desperately need education.
  • He is a scandalous leader with low approval ratings and it is time for a change.
Word Origin and History for scandalous

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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