1. disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: scandalous behavior in public.
  2. defamatory or libelous, as a speech or writing.
  3. attracted to or preoccupied with scandal, as a person: a scandalous, vicious gossip.

adj.late 15c., from French scandaleux, from Medieval Latin scandalosus “scandalous,” from Church Latin scandalum (see scandal). Related: Scandalously.

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