Definition of scandalous in US English:

scandalous

adjective

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

    ‘a series of scandalous liaisons’
    ‘a scandalous allegation’
    • ‘They are normally only awarded where the conduct can be described as reprehensible, scandalous or outrageous.’
    • ‘But such utter disrespect and scandalous behavior never marked those debates.’
    • ‘Their descendants, too, have hidden and sometimes even destroyed potentially scandalous objects.’
    • ‘Substantial indemnity costs are reserved for cases involving reprehensible, scandalous or outrageous conduct.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Elizabeth kept her virginity, but the affair was scandalous because Robert was already married.’
    • ‘But I've never had anything that was so scandalous and that really might have affected my career so much.’
    • ‘At the moment, it's just an uncoordinated scandalous calamity.’
    • ‘His life wasn't short of exciting or scandalous material.’
    • ‘‘If such allegations are proven to be true then that is scandalous,’ he said.’
    • ‘I find that there has not been any conduct on the part of the plaintiff that is scandalous, reprehensible or outrageous.’
    • ‘But there's nothing remotely scandalous about this reality-based movie.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The allegations of a scandalous incident have been circulating inside media offices for weeks now.’
    • ‘But this old affair, scandalous enough to serve as a motive for a Greek tragedy, arose from the similarity of their characters.’
    • ‘There had to be scandalous behavior and the scandal needed to be known generally.’
    • ‘The crowd eventually dispersed, displeased that the scandalous royalty show had ended.’
    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’
      • ‘I find the general silence and lack of memory absolutely scandalous.’
      • ‘Clearly this scandalous abuse of public funds must be stopped.’
      • ‘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's scandalous they awarded themselves a huge hike in salaries on top of that €16,000 to sit on committees.’
      • ‘Indeed she is rightly such a firm favourite that any election would be a scandalous waste of time and money.’
      • ‘Within days they were as gaping as they had ever been, and this exercise in futility simply amounts to a scandalous waste of money.’
      • ‘There will be measures to improve the currently scandalous state pensions paid to many women.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘This was a scandalous attack on an elderly woman in her own home,’ he said.’
      • ‘That would be a scandalous waste of an historic building and community facility.’
      • ‘‘It is scandalous in this day and age that we have resorted to exporting our own children,’ she said.’
      • ‘‘Institutional investors have been behaving in way that is little short of scandalous,’ he contends.’
      • ‘To my parents, a couple of cups of sugar seemed a scandalous amount to waste on such an uncertain experiment.’
      • ‘There had been a scandalous failure of intelligence gathering behind the exaggerated estimation of Soviet strength.’
      • ‘But to date, no one has expressed the slightest interest in this scandalous state of affairs.’
      • ‘A report from Western Australia has uncovered a scandalous neglect of the physical health of people with mental illness.’
      • ‘‘It really is quite scandalous the way the company has behaved,’ she said.’
      • ‘‘It is scandalous that you have to wait so long for an inquiry,’ says Adam.’
      • ‘It is scandalous that an offence that was committed on September 23 should not have been dealt with until last week.’
      • ‘It is scandalous that we still allocate scarce homeland security dollars on the basis of pork barrel spending and not on risk.’
      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//ˈskændləs/