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[skan-dl-uh s] /ˈskæn dl əs/
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
From the Medieval Latin word scandalōsus, dating back to 1585-95. See scandal, -ous
Related forms
scandalously, adverb
scandalousness, noun
nonscandalous, adjective
nonscandalously, adverb
superscandalous, adjective
superscandalously, adverb
unscandalous, adjective
unscandalously, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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 August Forel
  • It was scandalous, never to think of anything but their stomachs!

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • 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 Hall Caine
Word Origin and History for scandalous

late 15c., from French scandaleux, from Medieval Latin scandalosus "scandalous," from Church Latin scandalum (see scandal). Related: Scandalously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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