Open main menu

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

scandalous (comparative more scandalous, superlative most scandalous)

  1. wrong, immoral, causing a scandal
    • 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, []”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey [], OCLC 228732398, lines 415–420, page 83:
      Maſters commands come with a power reſiſtleſs / To ſuch as owe them abſolute ſubjection; / And for a life who will not change his purpoſe? / (So mutable are all the ways of men) / Yet this be ſure, in nothing to comply / Scandalous or forbidden in our Law.
    • 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.
    • 2012 June 26, Genevieve Koski, “Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      The closest Believe gets to scandalous is on the deluxe-edition bonus track “Maria,” a response song to the woman who accused Bieber of fathering her child in 2011.
  3. Outrageous; exceeding reasonable limits.
    • 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 8, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 131:
      'Made one quite thankful to get back to the fug, though as a rule I think the way these trains are overheated is something scandalous.'

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.