scan·​dal·​ous | \ ˈskan-də-ləs How to pronounce scandalous (audio) \

Definition of scandalous

1 : libelous, defamatory scandalous allegations
2 : offensive to propriety or morality : shocking scandalous behavior

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Other Words from scandalous

scandalously adverb
scandalousness noun

Examples of scandalous in a Sentence

Sex was a scandalous subject back then. The magazine published scandalous pictures of the movie star. The high price of gas these days is scandalous. She was spreading scandalous rumors about him.
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Recent Examples on the Web What follows is the story of the Garden of Allah, and the plot of land whose vibrant, often scandalous history uncannily mirrors the history of Hollywood itself. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 31 Mar. 2021 Gehrhardtstein declined to allow a reporter to read his copy but said it’s not as scandalous as people might expect. cleveland, "Judge dismisses Ohio Attorney General Yost’s U.S. Census Bureau case: Capitol Letter," 25 Mar. 2021 As Bailey’s biography is scavenged for its more scandalous takeaways, some readers may find reason to shun the work, whatever its depth, energy, and variousness. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "The Secrets Philip Roth Didn’t Keep," 22 Mar. 2021 Nor has sufficient attention been paid our scandalous gender and racial pay and wealth gaps, which lead even while not exhausting our inequality problem. Robert Hockett, Forbes, "Bernie’s Back Better On CEO Pay," 17 Mar. 2021 Radić saw a message stating that the video, which included nothing more scandalous than a discussion of the King’s Indian Defense, had violated YouTube’s community guidelines. Will Knight, Wired, "Why a YouTube Chat About Chess Got Flagged for Hate Speech," 1 Mar. 2021 After all, the Golden Globe Awards show has, through the years, been telecast, then booted off TV because of scandalous accusations, then brought back. oregonlive, "Golden Globes 2021: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts, as awards draw more criticism," 24 Feb. 2021 Up in everyone's business is Lady Whistledow, a mysterious writer who narrates the series, spilling secrets and reporting on misdeeds through a scandalous, anonymous newsletter. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Bridgerton Fans Missed a ‘Massive’ Lady Whistledown Easter Egg in the Show's First Scene," 21 Feb. 2021 The College Years, last portraying the role in 2000 — in addition to writing a scandalous behind-the-scenes memoir about his time in the franchise. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Saved by the Bell Star Dustin Diamond Dead at 44," 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of scandalous

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Apr 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of scandalous

: shocking or offensive
: involving immoral or shocking things that a person has done or is believed to have done


scan·​dal·​ous | \ ˈskan-də-ləs How to pronounce scandalous (audio) \

Kids Definition of scandalous

1 : containing shocking information scandalous rumors
2 : very bad or shocking scandalous behavior

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