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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That was the approach taken by another iconoclastic owner, Charles Finley, who purchased the Kansas City A's in 1961, dressed them in then-scandalous green-and-gold uniforms in 1963, and moved them to Oakland in 1968. Paul Lukas,, "The History of Nicknames on Jerseys in Baseball, Before MLB Players' Weekend," 23 Aug. 2019 On Monday, Kagan wrote that the same analysis applied to the provision barring immoral or scandalous trademarks. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court strikes down law barring vulgar trademarks," 24 June 2019 Chekhov's gun—a classic piece of storytelling advice—appears as a geeky reference, a scandalous sponsor, and a plot point. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein Is a Fun Mess," 16 July 2019 On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Act's prohibition of immoral or scandalous trademark registrations violates the First Amendment. azcentral, "Another Supreme Court ruling backs Washington NFL team keeping their brand," 26 June 2019 The cast of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina just posed for a deliciously scandalous photo of everyone's favorite love triangle. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "There Was a "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Love Triangle on the 2019 MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet," 16 June 2019 The Supreme Court's ruling on June 24 means that trademark applications that failed due to the scandalous or immoral provision in the law can now be re-submitted for approval. azcentral, "Another Supreme Court ruling backs Washington NFL team keeping their brand," 26 June 2019 Asked to identify Madonna’s most scandalous moment, this is not the answer that most people would give. C.m., The Economist, "Madonna remains scandalous, but for the wrong reason," 19 June 2019 The story, which follows Bloom around the city of Dublin on June 16, 1904, was considered scandalous when it was published in 1922. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "James Joyce and his novel ‘Ulysses’ are celebrated in this week’s literary events," 9 June 2019

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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 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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