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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Below are ten of the most scandalous tales from behind the Marmont's tall hedges. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Scandalous Secret History of the Chateau Marmont," 24 May 2019 Antony entered a scandalous affair with Queen Cleopatra of Egypt. National Geographic, "Who was Augustus Caesar?," 20 May 2019 According to family lore, there was something scandalous in Uncle Charlie's past, which was probably what had sent him over to Paris in the first place. Elizabeth Gilbert, Good Housekeeping, "Cook's Heaven," 6 Mar. 2012 But when scandalous stories emerge about classmates and teachers, Iris is faced with tough moral and journalistic dilemmas. Toby Milstein, Seventeen, "The Year Of The Gadfly," 14 Dec. 2012 Would a reboot feature the original cast, or a totally new crew of scandalous elites? Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Leighton Meester Says She Hasn't Been Asked About a "Gossip Girl" Reboot," 11 May 2019 Meanwhile, Kourtney's birthday Versace look featured so many transparent panels that gave her look a scandalous vibe. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Does Superhero Chic in Red Latex at Travis Scott's 28th Birthday Party," 26 Apr. 2019 Did a scandalous 16th century British Queen inspire one of the most talked about shows in France? Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Anne Boleyn's Lost "B" Necklace Is One of the Great Jewelry Mysteries," 4 Mar. 2019 After tabloids published scandalous pictures of Fergie with another man a few months later, the exes formalized their divorce but remained close over the years. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Prince Andrew, the Father of Princess Eugenie and Beatrice," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of scandalous

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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