Definition of scandalous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskandləs/


1Causing general public outrage by a perceived offense against morality or law: a series of scandalous liaisons a scandalous allegation
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  • Substantial indemnity costs are reserved for cases involving reprehensible, scandalous or outrageous conduct.
  • Men and women limit their greetings to a handshake; kissing in public is considered scandalous.
  • They are normally only awarded where the conduct can be described as reprehensible, scandalous or outrageous.
discreditable, disreputable, dishonorable, improper, unseemly, sordid
rare calumnious, calumniatory, aspersive
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
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  • But to date, no one has expressed the slightest interest in this scandalous state of affairs.
  • There will be measures to improve the currently scandalous state pensions paid to many women.
  • Within days they were as gaping as they had ever been, and this exercise in futility simply amounts to a scandalous waste of money.
disgraceful, shocking, outrageous, monstrous, criminal, wicked, sinful, shameful, atrocious, appalling, dreadful, deplorable, reprehensible, inexcusable, intolerable, insupportable, unforgivable, unconscionable, unpardonable
rare egregious



Pronunciation: /ˈskand(ə)ləslē/
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  • That explains the bullyboy tactics and the arbitrary, unilateral narrowing of just what can be reconciled and what can't, as defined by the scandalously leading and biased questions on which British Columbians were asked to vote.
  • We urge the Government to act on the report's recommendations, channelling resources into the NHS that have been scandalously lacking in the past.
  • Albeit scandalously late, the magistrate took this decisive step after the prosecution's 12 witnesses had failed to appear 31 times.


Pronunciation: /ˈskand(ə)ləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Her perfect nose crinkled in pure scandalousness.

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Syllabification: scan·dal·ous

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