What does Scandal mean?

Definitions for Scandalˈskæn dl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Scandal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scandal, dirt, malicious gossip(noun)

    disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people

  2. scandal, outrage(noun)

    a disgraceful event


  1. scandal(Noun)

    An incident or event that disgraces or damages the reputation of the persons or organization involved.

    Their affair was reported as a scandal by most tabloids.

  2. scandal(Noun)

    Damage to one's reputation.

    The incident brought considerable scandal to his family.

  3. scandal(Noun)

    Widespread moral outrage, indignation, as over an offence to decency.

    When their behaviour was made public it caused a great scandal.

  4. scandal(Noun)

    Religious discredit; an act or behaviour which brings a religion into discredit.

  5. scandal(Noun)

    Something which hinders acceptance of religious ideas or behaviour; a stumbling-block or offense.

  6. scandal(Noun)

    Defamatory talk; gossip, slander.

    According to village scandal, they weren't even married.

  7. Origin: From scandale, from scandalum, from σκάνδαλον, from skand-. Cognate with scando.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scandal(noun)

    offense caused or experienced; reproach or reprobation called forth by what is regarded as wrong, criminal, heinous, or flagrant: opprobrium or disgrace

  2. Scandal(noun)

    reproachful aspersion; opprobrious censure; defamatory talk, uttered heedlessly or maliciously

  3. Scandal(noun)

    anything alleged in pleading which is impertinent, and is reproachful to any person, or which derogates from the dignity of the court, or is contrary to good manners

  4. Scandal(verb)

    to treat opprobriously; to defame; to asperse; to traduce; to slander

  5. Scandal(verb)

    to scandalize; to offend


  1. Scandal

    A scandal is a widely publicized allegation or set of allegations that damages the reputation of an institution, individual or creed. A scandal may be based on true or false allegations or a mixture of both. From the Greek σκάνδαλον, a trap or stumbling-block, the metaphor is that wrong conduct can impede or "trip" people's trust or faith. Some scandals are broken by whistleblowers who reveal wrongdoing within organizations or groups, such as Deep Throat during the 1970s Watergate scandal. Sometimes an attempt to cover up a possible scandal ignites a greater scandal when the cover-up fails.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scandal

    skan′dal, n. something said which is false and injurious to reputation: disgrace: opprobrious censure.—v.t. to defame, to aspire.—ns. Scan′dal-bear′er, a propagator of malicious gossip; Scandalisā′tion, defamation.—v.t. Scan′dalise, to give scandal or offence to: to shock: to reproach: to disgrace: to libel.—n. Scan′dal-mong′er, one who deals in defamatory reports.—adj. Scan′dalous, giving scandal or offence: calling forth condemnation: openly vile: defamatory.—adv. Scan′dalously.—ns. Scan′dalousness; Scan′dalum-magnā′tum, speaking slanderously of high personages, abbrev. Scan. Mag. [Fr. scandale—L. scandalum—Gr. skandalon, a stumbling-block.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. scandal

    Gossip related by a small-bore.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Scandal' in Nouns Frequency: #2036


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Scandal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Scandal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

  2. Alexandre Fernandes:

    The scandal couldn't have come at a worse time.

  3. Sergio Osmena:

    I am quite happy that a scandal like this has happened.

  4. George Farquhar:

    There's no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.

  5. Ashley Majeski:

    She was very quick to defend her husband with the molestation scandal.

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