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Definition of "scandalous" []

  • Causing scandal; shocking: scandalous behavior. (adjective)
  • Containing material damaging to reputation; defamatory: a scandalous exposé. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scandalous" in a sentence
  • "Schoolchildren are celebrating, commentators are astonished and purists are fuming over what they describe as a scandalous attack on 500 years of French history."
  • "Quayle was notoriously subject to numerous reports about his alleged involvement in scandalous rumor website TheDirty. com, as well as other potential points of contention, in the run-up to his primary battle."
  • "The Catholic Encyclopedia article on scandal clarifies: "Still less can that be considered scandal, which only arouses comment, indignation, horror etc; it is true that the act arouses indignation and in common parlance it is often called scandalous, but this way of speaking is inaccurate, and in strictly theological terminology it is not the sin of scandal.""