[ skan-dl-uhs ]
See synonyms for: scandalousscandalously on

  1. disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: scandalous behavior in public.

  2. defamatory or libelous, as a speech or writing.

  1. 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

Other words from scandalous

  • 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

Words Nearby scandalous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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