disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: scandalous behavior in public.
defamatory or libelous, as a speech or writing.
- scan·dal·ous·ly, adverb
- scan·dal·ous·ness, noun
- non·scan·dal·ous, adjective
- non·scan·dal·ous·ly, adverb
- su·per·scan·dal·ous, adjective
- su·per·scan·dal·ous·ly, adverb
- un·scan·dal·ous, adjective
- un·scan·dal·ous·ly, adverb
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How to use scandalous in a sentence
For Rohit, foregoing a lucrative career to introduce a martial art based on teachings of a scandalous godman in a town where sex is a taboo is quite daring.A New Martial Art Keeps Cult Leader’s Teachings Alive | Daniel Malloy | December 18, 2020 | Ozy
Thus for Rohit, foregoing a lucrative career to introduce a martial art based on teachings of a scandalous godman in a town where sex is a taboo is quite daring.A New Martial Art Keeps Cult Leader’s Teachings Alive | Daniel Malloy | December 18, 2020 | Ozy
It’s weird but since his departure, it seems everyone is looking for some scandalous thing to have happened there.Former Avalon singer on coming out, getting ousted and where he is today | Joey DiGuglielmo | October 20, 2020 | Washington Blade
Virginity for young women was highly prized, so it was moving out before marriage that was scandalous, not staying home where they could be shielded from young men.Yes, More And More Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents – But Is That Necessarily Bad? | LGBTQ-Editor | October 17, 2020 | No Straight News
It’s scandalous and absurd these agencies refuse to give correct guidance.This scientist made a Google Doc to educate the public about airborne coronavirus transmission | Niall Firth | October 2, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion | Nina Strochlic | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
So why did the God of the Hebrew people choose such a scandalous setting for becoming human?
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 | Kevin Fallon | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was a celebrated bohemian, considered a scandalous woman.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Michaud did not come out of the closet in order to avoid some scandalous revelation.
I remember, however, the contempt and disgust which awoke in me at the sight of this scandalous chaperoning.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
If another person attempts to open a conversation upon scandalous matters, check her.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
As to the "opportunities," Chloe coolly confessed to herself that she had made rather a scandalous use of them.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
De Gery had made a long detailed memorandum of these scandalous abuses, with proofs in support of it.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
They have gone to the adulterous rendezvous celebrated in the scandalous verses of Lorenzo the Magnificent.The Medici Boots | Pearl Norton Swet