Scandalous meaning

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The definition of scandalous is a morally shocking or indecent person, thing or action, or something that hurts a person's reputation.

An example of scandalous is Woody Allen becoming romantically involved with his step daughter.

An example of scandalous is the media spreading false rumors about a celebrity being a drug addict.

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Consisting of or spreading slander; libelous; defamatory.
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Causing scandal; offensive to a sense of decency or shocking to the moral feelings of the community; shameful.
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Wrong, immoral, causing a scandal.
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Containing material damaging to reputation; defamatory.

A scandalous exposé.

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Causing scandal; shocking.

Scandalous behavior.

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Origin of scandalous

  • From Medieval Latin scandalosus, via French scandaleuse; as if scandal + -ous.

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