scandalous

adjective
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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But in legal, less-scandalous cases, the online connections are also highlighting the complex consequences of America’s lax regulations of the fertility industry, particularly on sperm and egg donations. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Sperm donor #2757 sired at least 45 kids—now they’re connecting online," 13 Sep. 2018 In the past, women candidates were told to rise above the semi-scandalous narratives that dogged them. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Women Will Never Truly Be Equal Until They're Allowed to Get Angry," 13 Feb. 2019 Given the reactions from #AGT Twitter, viewers at home loved the whole thing too: While her routine was all in good PG fun, the judges made some rather scandalous comments at the end that quickly made things turn PG-13. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Star Vicki Barbolak Stripped Down to Her Swimsuit for Last Night's Finale," 19 Sep. 2018 Those that don’t can just keep quiet. Don’t expect scandalous tell-all annual reports just yet. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Fixing Capitalism, One Disclosure at a Time," 27 Nov. 2018 The queasy truth at the heart of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, which is so far the company’s defining disgrace of 2018, is that its genesis became scandalous only in retrospect. John Herrman, New York Times, "Cambridge Analytica and the Coming Data Bust," 10 Apr. 2018 Mulroney posting or otherwise speaking publicly about Meghan would be delicate at best, potentially scandalous at worst. Michelle Ruiz, Marie Claire, "I Respect Jessica Mulroney's Hustle—and Her Loyalty to Meghan Markle," 18 Dec. 2018 Justin Bieber’s scandalous eating methods baffled people last week after a photo of the long-haired vagrant biting into the middle of a burrito went viral. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The bizarre Justin Bieber burrito incident reminds us not to believe everything online," 29 Oct. 2018 Tinder was founded in 2012, but has a scandalous history that makes the company seem much older. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Tinder’s co-founders are suing former parent company IAC for at least $2 billion," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of scandalous

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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scandalous

adjective

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

scandalous

adjective
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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