scandal

noun
scan·​dal | \ ˈskan-dᵊl How to pronounce scandal (audio) \

Definition of scandal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
3a : 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

scandal

verb
scandaled; scandaling; scandals

Definition of scandal (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : disgrace
2 chiefly dialectal : defame, slander

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Synonyms & Antonyms for scandal

Synonyms: Noun

disgrace, dishonor, opprobrium, reflection, reproach

Antonyms: Noun

credit, honor

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Noun

offense, sin, vice, crime, scandal mean a transgression of law. offense applies to the infraction of any law, rule, or code. at that school no offense went unpunished sin implies an offense against moral or religious law. the sin of blasphemy vice applies to a habit or practice that degrades or corrupts. regarded gambling as a vice crime implies a serious offense punishable by the law of the state. the crime of murder scandal applies to an offense that outrages the public conscience. a career ruined by a sex scandal

Examples of scandal in a Sentence

Noun

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

Take a break from depressing headlines and scandal-ridden newsfeeds in the week to come. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 9, 2019: Capricorn, be patient; Taurus, savor the process," 9 June 2019 Leadership at the University of Maryland Medical System has been dramatically shaken up in the wake of a recent self-dealing scandal involving board members holding lucrative contracts with the system. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Who's who amid UMMS leadership shake-up, review after 'Healthy Holly' scandal," 7 June 2019 Democrats have grown expert in these Trump days at creating fake scandals. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "A Democrat Deflates a Trump ‘Scandal’," 6 June 2019 The consequences of Biden’s old 1987 plagiarism scandal are continuing to resonate more than 30 years later. NBC News, "Democratic rivals pile on Biden," 6 June 2019 Jobs can be cut prematurely if a campaign runs out of money, loses a key primary or faces an unexpected scandal. Lissandra Villa, Time, "These Democratic Candidates Are Unionizing Their Staffs, And It Could Change Campaign Work," 5 June 2019 Compared to those scandals, the precipitating event for Silicon Valley’s imminent regulatory reckoning is less of a sudden discovery and more of a slowly building shift in Americans’ political beliefs. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Why does Washington suddenly seem ready to regulate Big Tech? Look at the polls.," 5 June 2019 An examination of Biden's early plagiarism scandal throws into sharp relief questions about candidate authenticity and the differences between the political climate then and now. Author: Neena Satija, Anchorage Daily News, "Echoes of Biden’s 1987 plagiarism scandal continue to reverberate," 5 June 2019 The new shortcuts seem targeted at a user base that’s fed up after two years of big-tech privacy breaches and surveillance scandals. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "More Privacy Still Isn’t Privacy," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Social scientists predicted the Cambridge Analytica scandal way back in 2007. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "The Case for A Zuck-Free Facebook," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of scandal

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scandal

Noun

Middle English, from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, offense, from Greek skandalon trap, stumbling block, offense; akin to Latin scandere to climb

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scandal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scandal

: 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

scandal

noun
scan·​dal | \ ˈskan-dəl How to pronounce scandal (audio) \

Kids Definition of scandal

1 : something that angers or shocks people because rules or standards of behavior are violated
2 : talk that injures a person's good name

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