[skan-dl-uh s]


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 formsscan·dal·ous·ly, adverbscan·dal·ous·ness, nounnon·scan·dal·ous, adjectivenon·scan·dal·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·scan·dal·ous, adjectivesu·per·scan·dal·ous·ly, adverbun·scan·dal·ous, adjectiveun·scan·dal·ous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scandalous

Contemporary Examples of scandalous

Historical Examples of scandalous

  • 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.

  • 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.

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