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 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 Since Jeffries said those words, in response to questions about the president’s scandalous pressuring of Georgia election officials, the House of Representatives has impeached Donald Trump for the second time. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "An Impeachment Trial Will Be Good Practice for Actual Oversight," 15 Jan. 2021 In their universe, the main priorities are the fight to keep South Crenshaw open and uncovering the scandalous behavior and hookups that happened over the summer. Ariana Brockington,, "What You Need To Remember From Season 2 Of All American," 18 Jan. 2021 It’s a heartbreaking, scandalous history, complete with land grabs, egos, and a visionary with Ku Klux Klan ties. National Geographic, "How 'America the Beautiful' was born," 3 Nov. 2020 But many Republicans who spent years tiptoeing around Trump's often-scandalous behavior seemed to finally have had enough. Andrew Taylor,, "Somber Senate unites to reject election challenges," 7 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of scandalous

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Mar 2021

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“Scandalous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 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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