scandal

noun
scan·dal | \ˈskan-dᵊl \

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

The Bane Of The Clintons Kavanaugh’s career has brushed up against several of the scandals that engulfed the Clinton administration. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Who Is Brett Kavanaugh? The Yale Grad Is Trump's Second Supreme Court Pick," 10 July 2018 Andrew Wheeler takes over after the resignation of Scott Pruitt, who pushed rollbacks that are already touching Americans’ lives before months of scandals took him down. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "A look at Seattle neighborhoods where crime is (and isn’t) up and finally some good news for homebuyers | Friday Morning Brief, July 6," 6 July 2018 The company remains squarely in the aftermath of its diesel emissions cheating scandal. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "7:57:148—Volkswagen makes racing history with record-breaking electric race car," 29 June 2018 The Dreamchasers artist's original arresting officer has been at the center of a massive law enforcement corruption scandal in Philadelphia. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Meek Mill Files New Appeal to Have Judge Brinkley Removed From His Case," 28 June 2018 Hanna-Attisha said the impact of the scandal in the community will be long-lasting. CBS News, "Pediatrician who sounded alarm on Flint's water still doesn’t drink tap water there – or anywhere," 20 June 2018 Eleven students were expelled in the aftermath of that scandal. Jane Garland, latimes.com, "Detaining migrant children at the border echoes WWII internment of Japanese Americans," 19 June 2018 Mr Mutko himself landed at the centre of the Sochi Winter Olympics doping scandal. The Economist, "Russia prepares to welcome 1m visitors for the World Cup," 13 June 2018 Can college athletes successfully sue the NCAA when they are unfairly linked to team scandals and accompanying NCAA sanctions? Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Should the NCAA Be Worried About the Lawsuit It's Facing From Former Louisville Players?," 12 July 2018

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 \

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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