scandalous

[skan-dl-uh s]

adjective

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
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Related Words for scandalously

cruelly, wrongly, indecently, shockingly

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Contemporary Examples of scandalously

  • And any lover of “Seinfeld” would regard banning the “Soup Nazi” episode as scandalously un-American.

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    Should Neo-Nazis Be Allowed Free Speech?

    Thane Rosenbaum

    January 31, 2014

  • Michael Gorra on a new history of their dismal lives—and how Dickens scandalously abandoned their mother after years of marriage.

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    Charles Dickens’s Unhappy Children

    Michael Gorra

    December 2, 2012

  • China believes that the U.S. is mistakenly and scandalously holding it responsible for deep-seated made-in-America problems.

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    Courting Trouble With China

    Jeffrey E. Garten

    March 22, 2010

  • China also believes that the U.S. is mistakenly and scandalously holding it responsible for deep-seated made-in-America problems.

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    Courting Trouble With China

    Jeffrey E. Garten

    March 22, 2010

Historical Examples of scandalously


Word Origin and History for scandalously

scandalous

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper