Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. wrong, immoral, causing a scandal
  • adj. malicious, defamatory

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Giving offense to the conscience or moral feelings; exciting reprobation; calling out condemnation.
  • adj. Disgraceful to reputation; bringing shame or infamy; opprobrious.
  • adj. Defamatory; libelous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing scandal or offense; exciting reproach or reprobation; extremely offensive to the sense of duty or propriety; shameful; shocking.
  • Opprobrious; disgraceful to reputation; that brings shame or infamy: as, a scandalous crime or vice.
  • Defamatory; libelous; slanderous: as, a scandalous report; in law procedure, defamatory or indecent, and not necessary to the presentation of the party's case.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • Schoolchildren are celebrating, commentators are astonished and purists are fuming over what they describe as a scandalous attack on 500 years of French history.

    EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL

  • 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.

    Ben Quayle Trailing Democrat Jon Hurlburd In New Poll

  • 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."

    The "homosexualization" of the clergy in Latin America

  • Mr. Conkin thinks that, though current farm programs are often described as scandalous, agriculture cannot function in a free-market system.

    Where Yields Are Still High

  • Still less can that be considered scandal, which only arouses comment, indignation, horror etc., for instance blasphemy committed in the presence of a priest or of a religious; 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.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • "Whom you admit into communion with you, according to the rules of the gospel, God will admit into communion with himself; and whom you cast out of communion as impenitent, and obstinate in scandalous and infectious sins, shall be bound over to the righteous judgment of God."

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • "Diary of a Chambermaid" (1964; 10 p.m. Saturday), an adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's novel - filmed once before by Jean Renoir, during his American period, in 1946 - suggests in its title the scandalous, but is in fact one of the director's more straightforward works, a period exposé of political and social mores, with Jeanne Moreau as the titular servant.

    Berks county news

  • The U.K. position is much closer to that of the U.S. The tough rhetoric from France and Germany -- Mr. S.rkozy called the bonus system "scandalous" -- is likely to compound the dilemma facing U.S. and foreign leaders as they try to broker an agreement to prevent financial crises, while avoiding restrictions that would stifle growth.

    France, Germany Set Up G-20 Tiff on Bank Rules

  • Though she might flirt with being outrageous, and enjoy fulfilling the expectations of those who called her scandalous just to prove that their gossip meant nothing to her, she had no stomach for finding herself a true pariah.

    Shameless

  • None of them would have beaten him at cards or called his scandalous bluff.

    A Hellion in Her Bed

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