[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. scandal,
  2. scandal sheet,
  3. scandalise,
  4. scandalize,
  5. scandalmonger,
  6. scandaroon,
  7. scandent,
  8. scanderbeg,
  9. scandia,
  10. scandian

Origin of scandalous

From the Medieval Latin word scandalōsus, dating back to 1585–95. See scandal, -ous

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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