Definition of scandal
1a : discredit brought upon religion by unseemly conduct in a religious personb : 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 itb : 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 in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of scandal from the Web
Grant’s presidency is remembered mostly now for the scandals that marred it, the fruits of the 18th president placing too much trust in friends who betrayed him for their own self-interests.
Both have weathered their own public relation scandals.
In a major ongoing scandal, Abe is alleged to have helped a friend gain government approval for his new veterinary school.
Volkswagen reported a 15% gain over June of 2016 when sales were depressed due to the company’s diesel engine emissions-cheating scandal.
Drew took over for Dave Bliss, who resigned after the scandal, which also included revelations of payments to recruits.
For Volkswagen, those invoices have recently been supersized, befitting the scope of the diesel cheating scandal that has engulfed the company and prompted the recall of approximately 590,000 vehicles in the United States.
The growing scandal also led to the resignation of USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny in March.
The pad has also popped up onscreen in such productions as Scandal, Columbo, Monster-in-Law, Mad Men, and True Blood.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of scandal
First Known Use of scandal
SCANDAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scandal for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of scandal for Students
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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