scan|dal|ous [ `skændləs ] adjective
1. ) something that is scandalous shocks you and makes you feel very angry because it seems unfair or wrong:
a scandalous waste of money
it is scandalous that: It's scandalous that the medicine isn't distributed freely to the poor.
2. ) something that is scandalous is shocking because it involves immoral or dishonest behavior:
scandalous rumors/stories
an athlete with a scandalous private life
╾ scan|dal|ous|ly adverb
╾ scan|dal|ous|ness noun uncount

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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