AskDefine | Define scandalous

Dictionary Definition

scandalous adj : giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation; "scandalous behavior"; "the wicked rascally shameful conduct of the bankrupt"- Thackeray; "the most shocking book of its time" [syn: disgraceful, shameful, shocking]

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  • (US) /ˈskændələs/


  1. wrong, immoral, causing a scandal
    • 1884, Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
      The thing made a big stir in the town, too, and a good many come out flatfooted and said it was scandalous to separate the mother and the children that way.
  2. malicious, defamatory
    • 1592, Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedie
      These be the scandalous reports of such / As loves not me, and hate my lord too much.
    • 1887, Marie Corelli, Thelma
      I always disregard gossip--it is generally scandalous, and seldom true.


wrong, immoral, causing a scandal
malicious, defamatory

Extensive Definition

Scandalous is the name of multiple songs:
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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