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 But Camilla Parker Bowles' relationship with the Prince of Wales — spanning four decades — is more than just a scandalous affair. Morgan Evans, Good Housekeeping, "A Timeline of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles' Royal Romance," 15 Nov. 2019 Brunetti's trademark met the definition of scandalous, a unanimous panel of the court decided. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court throws out federal curb on vulgar trademarks," 24 June 2019 At the time, an attorney for the home denied any stabbing, attributed the deaths to natural causes and said that comparing the current state of the homes to their scandalous history was unfair. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "These Homes for Mentally Ill Adults Have Been Notoriously Mismanaged. Now, One Is a Gruesome Crime Scene.," 9 Dec. 2019 That was the epoch of Tide football spearheaded by the Mikes — DuBose, Price and Shula with a dash of Dennis Franchione added into a wan mix of uninspired, sometimes scandalous leadership at the dawn of this century. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "That time Michigan's Jim Harbaugh nearly settled his feud with SEC apologist Paul Finebaum," 30 Dec. 2019 By basing his operation in New York, Mr. Sowore for years had a degree of protection from the consequences of publishing often scandalous information about Nigeria’s most powerful people. Ruth Maclean, New York Times, "Nigeria Cracks Down on a Critic, and a New Jersey Town Pushes Back," 22 Dec. 2019 Poimenidou’s stay lasted only three days, but her scandalous sojourn quickly prompted Greece to pass a law instating a year-long imprisonment as punishment for any women who attempted to follow suit. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Possible Female Remains Discovered on Greece’s All-Male Monastic Peninsula," 18 Dec. 2019 Also: He was sentenced to death after a scandalous trial. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "In final hours, Bevin administration upholds Passport snub on Medicaid contracts," 11 Dec. 2019 An inconclusive general election in April, and then another in September, highlighted the accusation that parliamentary immunity is hiding scandalous abuse of office. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of scandalous

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Feb 2020

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“Scandalous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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