scan·dal·ous | \ˈskan-də-ləs \

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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The language allows companies to suspend or exit endorsement deals if the athlete engages in unlawful or scandalous conduct. Michael Mccann,, "A Look at the Possible Consequences of Brad Marchand's Tactic of Licking Opponents," 6 May 2018 Even if Kushner weren’t subject to such massive conflicts of interest, his presence in the West Wing would be scandalous, due his copious lack of relevant experience. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller Eyes Kushner’s Pursuit of Foreign Financing: Report," 20 Feb. 2018 Many who are interested in orgonites today, like Jenner, the Smiths, and Alanis Morissette, likely don’t know the scandalous roots of the healing crystals., "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 Now, a couple years later, the magician has overcome some scandalous allegations to win $2.6 million in arbitration. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Magician Makes Morals Clause Disappear in $2.6 Million Arbitration Win," 23 May 2018 On May 8, 1858, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper ran a scandalous article on a seemingly benign topic: milk. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "The Surprisingly Intolerant History of Milk," 11 May 2018 Get your allegations out first, in as inflammatory and scandalous a way as possible. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "When Two Tribes Go to War," 2 Feb. 2018 In 1798, Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the United States government., "This day in history," 14 July 2018 The wealth gap between the two countries remains scandalous and provocative. Felipe Fernández-armesto, WSJ, "‘Vanishing Frontiers’ Review: The Ties That Bind," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of scandalous

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of scandalous

1 : containing shocking information scandalous rumors

2 : very bad or shocking scandalous behavior

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