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scandalous

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Etymology

From Mediaeval Latin scandalosus, via French scandaleuse.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA: /ˈskændələs/

Adjective

scandalous (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
scandalous

Comparative
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  1. wrong, immoral, causing a scandal
    • 1884, Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
      The thing made a big stir in the town, too, and a good many come out flatfooted and said it was scandalous to separate the mother and the children that way.
  2. malicious, defamatory
    • 1592, Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedie
      These be the scandalous reports of such / As loves not me, and hate my lord too much.
    • 1887, Marie Corelli, Thelma
      I always disregard gossip--it is generally scandalous, and seldom true.

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