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ˈskæn dl əsscan·dalous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disgraceful, scandalous, shameful, shockingadjective

    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"


  1. scandalousadjective

    wrong, immoral, causing a scandal

  2. scandalousadjective

    malicious, defamatory

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scandalousadjective

    Etymology: scandaleux, French; from scandal.

    Nothing scandalous or offensive unto any, especially unto the church of God: all things in order, and with seemliness. Richard Hooker.

    Something savouring
    Of tyranny, which will ignoble make you,
    Yea, scandalous to the world. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    You know the scandalous meanness of that proceeding, which was used. Alexander Pope.


  1. Scandalous

    Scandalous is a song by British R&B and UK garage girl group Mis-Teeq. The song, which is written in the key of C minor, was written by band members Su-Elise Nash, Alesha Dixon, and Sabrina Washington along with frequent collaborators Rustan Hallgeir, Tor Erik Hermansen, and Mikkel Eriksen for their second studio album, Eye Candy (2003), with production handled by the latter two. First released in 2003, the up-tempo R&B song became a hit throughout Europe and Oceania, reaching the top ten in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States. "Scandalous" has sold 195,000 copies in the UK, becoming the group's biggest-selling single. In 2004, "Scandalous" was chosen as Mis-Teeq's second single in the United States, where it reached number 2 on the Billboard Dance Singles, number 5 on the Billboard Hot Singles and number 11 on the Mainstream Top 40. It was also featured as the theme of the film Catwoman, starring Halle Berry, in addition to appearing on Grand Theft Auto 5 and the Armani Code perfume commercials.


  1. scandalous

    Scandalous refers to something that causes public outrage, shock or disgrace, often due to immoral, unethical, or inappropriate behavior, actions, or revelations. It can also refer to anything that is damaging to one's reputation or offensive to accepted standards of decency. Examples could include certain controversial events, statements or pieces of gossip.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scandalousadjective

    giving offense to the conscience or moral feelings; exciting reprobation; calling out condemnation

  2. Scandalousadjective

    disgraceful to reputation; bringing shame or infamy; opprobrious; as, a scandalous crime or vice

  3. Scandalousadjective

    defamatory; libelous; as, a scandalous story

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. scandaleux.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scandalous in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scandalous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of scandalous in a Sentence

  1. Marguerite Duras:

    When a woman drinks it's as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It's a slur on the divine in our nature.

  2. Corazon Aquino:

    It bids us break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities. Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart.

  3. Matt Walsh:

    I think either way it's sort of scandalous on AOC's part.

  4. Tedros Adhanom:

    The ongoing vaccine crisis is a scandalous inequity that is perpetuating the pandemic, the number of doses administered globally so far would have been enough to cover all health workers and older people, if they had been distributed equitably. We could have been in a much better situation.

  5. John Cavadini:

    He doesn’t thereby canonize or dogmatize a scientific theory, which by its very nature is subject to falsification and revision, but it is within the pope’s competence and authority to call attention to our moral responsibilities and duties in the face of the best scientific theory out there, especially when the consequences of not doing so are serious or even drastic, and where silence could be interpreted as scandalous.

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