- disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: scandalous behavior in public.
- defamatory or libelous, as a speech or writing.
- attracted to or preoccupied with scandal, as a person: a scandalous, vicious gossip.
Origin of scandalous
Examples from the Web for scandalous
So why did the God of the Hebrew people choose such a scandalous setting for becoming human?Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
It is wild that something that would seem to be so scandalous would just disappear from the press.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline
December 16, 2014
She was a celebrated bohemian, considered a scandalous woman.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Michaud did not come out of the closet in order to avoid some scandalous revelation.America’s First Post-Gay Governor
October 24, 2014
In London, the group will do walking tours of the variously sexy, scandalous, and literary neighborhoods of Soho and Bloomsbury.Adventures in Gay History With Oscar Wilde
June 11, 2014
If Galloway thinks to put it all on my back, it's a scandalous shame!The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Marriage is the worst and most scandalous remedy in such cases.The Sexual Question
It was scandalous, never to think of anything but their stomachs!The Downfall
So the Universalists have been behavin' scandalous, have they?Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
"And of the scandalous speeches of professional agitators," said Madame Sella.The Eternal City
Word Origin and History for scandalous
late 15c., from French scandaleux, from Medieval Latin scandalosus "scandalous," from Church Latin scandalum (see scandal). Related: Scandalously.