scandalous

adjective scan·dal·ous \ ˈskan-də-ləs \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of scandalous

1 : libelous, defamatory
  • scandalous allegations
2 : offensive to propriety or morality : shocking
  • scandalous behavior

scandalously

adverb

scandalousness

noun

Examples of scandalous in a Sentence

  1. Sex was a scandalous subject back then.

  2. The magazine published scandalous pictures of the movie star.

  3. The high price of gas these days is scandalous.

  4. She was spreading scandalous rumors about him.

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First Known Use of scandalous

1575

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SCANDALOUS Defined for English Language Learners

scandalous

Definition of scandalous for English Language Learners

  • : shocking or offensive

  • : involving immoral or shocking things that a person has done or is believed to have done


SCANDALOUS Defined for Kids

scandalous

adjective scan·dal·ous \ ˈskan-də-ləs \

Definition of scandalous for Students

1 : containing shocking information
  • scandalous rumors
2 : very bad or shocking
  • scandalous behavior


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