Etymology: scandal + -ous
- 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 to separate the mother and the children that way.
- malicious, defamatory
- 1592, Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedie
- :These be the reports of such / As loves not me, and hate my lord too much.
- 1887, Marie Corelli, Thelma
- :I always disregard gossip--it is generally , and seldom true.
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