Definition of scandalous in English:

scandalous

adjective

  • 1Causing general public outrage by a perceived offense against morality or law.

    ‘a series of scandalous liaisons’
    ‘a scandalous allegation’
    • ‘But such utter disrespect and scandalous behavior never marked those debates.’
    • ‘The crowd eventually dispersed, displeased that the scandalous royalty show had ended.’
    • ‘In order to protect the guilty, Morin won't name names, which is probably just as well given the litany of scandalous events chronicled in the book.’
    • ‘Elizabeth kept her virginity, but the affair was scandalous because Robert was already married.’
    • ‘At the moment, it's just an uncoordinated scandalous calamity.’
    • ‘His life wasn't short of exciting or scandalous material.’
    • ‘There had to be scandalous behavior and the scandal needed to be known generally.’
    • ‘I find that there has not been any conduct on the part of the plaintiff that is scandalous, reprehensible or outrageous.’
    • ‘But this old affair, scandalous enough to serve as a motive for a Greek tragedy, arose from the similarity of their characters.’
    • ‘Men and women limit their greetings to a handshake; kissing in public is considered scandalous.’
    • ‘The woman, it appears, had not only been jilted by the drapery assistant but he had also ‘circulated a scandalous report about her’.’
    • ‘Here's one of the most scandalous guys in the American public right now so he's got to at least be able to go into the store and be innocuous.’
    • ‘Substantial indemnity costs are reserved for cases involving reprehensible, scandalous or outrageous conduct.’
    • ‘‘If such allegations are proven to be true then that is scandalous,’ he said.’
    • ‘But I've never had anything that was so scandalous and that really might have affected my career so much.’
    • ‘She must have married him for his money, speculated Scotland's shocked upper classes when the scandalous news of the secret wedding ceremony leaked out.’
    • ‘They are normally only awarded where the conduct can be described as reprehensible, scandalous or outrageous.’
    • ‘Their descendants, too, have hidden and sometimes even destroyed potentially scandalous objects.’
    • ‘The allegations of a scandalous incident have been circulating inside media offices for weeks now.’
    • ‘But there's nothing remotely scandalous about this reality-based movie.’
    discreditable, disreputable, dishonourable, improper, unseemly, sordid
    scurrilous, malicious, slanderous, libellous, defamatory
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    1. 1.1 (of a state of affairs) disgracefully bad, typically as a result of someone's negligence or irresponsibility.
      ‘a scandalous waste of taxpayers' money’
      • ‘Instead, the series has drawn flak from right-wing media as a scandalous waste of NHS cash that should have been spent on direct patient care.’
      • ‘There had been a scandalous failure of intelligence gathering behind the exaggerated estimation of Soviet strength.’
      • ‘It is scandalous that we still allocate scarce homeland security dollars on the basis of pork barrel spending and not on risk.’
      • ‘‘It really is quite scandalous the way the company has behaved,’ she said.’
      • ‘Within days they were as gaping as they had ever been, and this exercise in futility simply amounts to a scandalous waste of money.’
      • ‘The council seems to be hell-bent on penalising the citizens of York, who are most affected by the scandalous parking charges imposed in the evening.’
      • ‘It is scandalous that an offence that was committed on September 23 should not have been dealt with until last week.’
      • ‘‘This was a scandalous attack on an elderly woman in her own home,’ he said.’
      • ‘But to date, no one has expressed the slightest interest in this scandalous state of affairs.’
      • ‘‘It is scandalous that you have to wait so long for an inquiry,’ says Adam.’
      • ‘To my parents, a couple of cups of sugar seemed a scandalous amount to waste on such an uncertain experiment.’
      • ‘Clearly this scandalous abuse of public funds must be stopped.’
      • ‘‘It is scandalous in this day and age that we have resorted to exporting our own children,’ she said.’
      • ‘I find the general silence and lack of memory absolutely scandalous.’
      • ‘Indeed she is rightly such a firm favourite that any election would be a scandalous waste of time and money.’
      • ‘A report from Western Australia has uncovered a scandalous neglect of the physical health of people with mental illness.’
      • ‘‘Institutional investors have been behaving in way that is little short of scandalous,’ he contends.’
      • ‘There will be measures to improve the currently scandalous state pensions paid to many women.’
      • ‘That would be a scandalous waste of an historic building and community facility.’
      • ‘It's scandalous they awarded themselves a huge hike in salaries on top of that €16,000 to sit on committees.’
      disgraceful, shocking, outrageous, monstrous, criminal, wicked, sinful, shameful, atrocious, appalling, terrible, dreadful, disgusting, abhorrent, despicable, deplorable, reprehensible, obscene, iniquitous, inexcusable, intolerable, insupportable, unforgivable, unpardonable
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Pronunciation

scandalous

/ˈskandləs/