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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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 Those scenes were apparently too scandalous for Apple to feature. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Sex, violence, drugs get the axe in Apple’s upcoming original content," 24 Sep. 2018 The only thing worse than scandalous headlines is a costly and disruptive vacancy in the C-suite. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "As Bosses Leave, Boards Need to Make Succession Plans," 25 July 2018 As that investigation has generated a steady stream of scandalous headlines in recent weeks, congressional Republicans have (at the White House’s encouragement) sought to engineer an equal and opposite scandal about the investigation itself. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "A Brief Guide to Every Five-Alarm Fire Currently Engulfing The White House," 1 Mar. 2018 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

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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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