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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The ménage à trois, considered Eustache’s masterpiece, was scandalous at the time and sparked riots when it was first screened. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 But there’s something rather innocent about this depiction, which isn’t trying to be a scandalous or searing portrait of youth but to create an emotionally authentic representation of this hypercharged and sensitive age. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 The cultural need touncover scandalous behavior may also have connections to zeitgeisty trends like true crime and even the ongoing rise in conspiracy theories. Rachel Brodsky, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Sylvia Chamberlin—the wealthy Gilded Age widow with a scandalous past—has several similarities to Arabella Huntington. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2022 Perhaps because Siegel and Roberts wanted to let the paintings speak for themselves, the exhibit barely mentions the more scandalous parts of Mitchell’s life. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 6 Mar. 2022 Directed by Kathryn Ferguson, this documentary charts the meteoric—and sometimes scandalous—rise of singer Sinead O'Connor and reconsiders her career from a modern perspective. The Editors, Town & Country, 20 Jan. 2022 Elza Soares, the samba singer whose meteoric rise from the favela to stardom was later eclipsed by a scandalous affair with one of Brazil’s most famous soccer stars, died on Thursday at her home in Rio de Janeiro. Michael Astor, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2022 More than four decades later, Eric Dickerson sees no need to deny what never should have been scandalous in the first place. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of scandalous

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scandalous was in 1575

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15 May 2022

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“Scandalous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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