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[skan-dl-uh s]
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  1. disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: scandalous behavior in public.
  2. defamatory or libelous, as a speech or writing.
  3. attracted to or preoccupied with scandal, as a person: a scandalous, vicious gossip.
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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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cruelly, wrongly, indecently, shockingly

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Word Origin and History for scandalously



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

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