scandal


1scan·dal

noun \ˈskan-dəl\

: an occurrence in which people are shocked and upset because of behavior that is morally or legally wrong

: talk about the shocking or immoral things that people have done or are believed to have done

: something that is shocking, upsetting, or unacceptable

Full Definition of SCANDAL

1
a :  discredit brought upon religion by unseemly conduct in a religious person
b :  conduct that causes or encourages a lapse of faith or of religious obedience in another
2
:  loss of or damage to reputation caused by actual or apparent violation of morality or propriety :  disgrace
3
a :  a circumstance or action that offends propriety or established moral conceptions or disgraces those associated with it
b :  a person whose conduct offends propriety or morality <a scandal to the profession>
4
:  malicious or defamatory gossip
5
:  indignation, chagrin, or bewilderment brought about by a flagrant violation of morality, propriety, or religious opinion

Examples of SCANDAL

  1. There was a major scandal involving the mayor's ties with the Mob.
  2. Government officials were caught in an embezzlement scandal.
  3. Her behavior caused a scandal at school.
  4. There was never a hint of scandal during her time in office.
  5. The gossip magazine is filled with rumors and scandal.
  6. The high price of gas these days is a scandal.
  7. It's a scandal that this city doesn't have a movie theater.

Origin of SCANDAL

Middle English, from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, offense, from Greek skandalon trap, stumbling block, offense; akin to Latin scandere to climb
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to SCANDAL

Synonyms
dishonor, opprobrium, reflection, reproach, disgrace
Antonyms
credit, honor
See Synonym Discussion at offense

Rhymes with SCANDAL

2scandal

transitive verb

Definition of SCANDAL

1
obsolete :  disgrace
2
chiefly dialect :  defame, slander

First Known Use of SCANDAL

1592

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