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ˈwɔ tərˌgeɪt, ˈwɒt ər-wa·ter·gate

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  1. Watergate, Watergate scandalnoun

    a political scandal involving abuse of power and bribery and obstruction of justice; led to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974


  1. Watergatenoun

    An American political scandal (beginning with a burglary in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC in 1972) that eventually led to resignation of US President Richard Nixon.

  2. watergatenoun

    a gate opening onto water, or only or mainly accessible by water.

  3. Etymology: From the name of the Watergate Hotel


  1. Watergate

    The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal in the United States involving the administration of President Richard Nixon from 1972 to 1974 that led to Nixon's resignation. The scandal stemmed from the Nixon administration's continual attempts to cover up its involvement in the June 17, 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Washington, D.C., Watergate Office Building. After the five perpetrators were arrested, the press and the Justice Department connected the cash found on them at the time to the Committee for the Re-Election of the President. Further investigations, along with revelations during subsequent trials of the burglars, led the House of Representatives to grant the U.S. House Judiciary Committee additional investigative authority—to probe into "certain matters within its jurisdiction", and led the Senate to create the U.S. Senate Watergate Committee, which held hearings. Witnesses testified that Nixon had approved plans to cover up his administration's involvement in the break-in, and that there was a voice-activated taping system in the Oval Office. Throughout the investigation, Nixon's administration resisted its probes, and this led to a constitutional crisis. The Senate Watergate hearings were broadcast "gavel-to-gavel" nationwide by PBS and aroused public interest.Several major revelations and egregious presidential actions obstructing the investigation later in 1973 prompted the House to commence an impeachment process against Nixon. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Nixon had to release the Oval Office tapes to government investigators. The Nixon White House tapes revealed that he had conspired to cover up activities that took place after the break-in and had later tried to use federal officials to deflect attention from the investigation. The House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against Nixon for obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress. With his complicity in the cover-up made public, and his political support completely eroded, Nixon resigned from office on August 9, 1974. It is generally believed that, if he had not done so, he would have been impeached by the House and removed from office by a trial in the Senate. He is the only U.S. president to have resigned from office. On September 8, 1974, his successor, Gerald Ford, pardoned him. There were 69 people indicted and 48 people—many of them top Nixon administration officials—convicted. The metonym Watergate came to encompass an array of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of the Nixon administration, including bugging the offices of political opponents and people of whom Nixon or his officials were suspicious; ordering investigations of activist groups and political figures; and using the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Internal Revenue Service as political weapons. The use of the suffix -gate after an identifying term has since become synonymous with public scandal, especially political scandal.


  1. watergate

    Watergate typically refers to a major political scandal that took place in the United States in the 1970s, following a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. It led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The scandal or event was named `Watergate' after the building where the break-in occurred. Term 'Watergate' has since come to encompass an array of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of the Nixon administration. It also is used as a catch-all term for any scandal involving misuse of power, corruption, or a cover-up often tagged with a suffix "-gate".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Watergate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Watergate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Watergate in a Sentence

  1. John Dean:

    The last time I appeared before your Committee was July 11, 1974, during the impeachment inquiry of Richard Nixon. Clearly, Im not here today as a fact witness, in many ways, the Mueller report is to President Trump, what the so-called Watergate roadmap was to President Richard Nixon.

  2. Richard Nixon:

    There are these and other great causes that we were elected overwhelmingly to carry forward in November of 1972. And what we were elected to do, we are going to do, and let others wallow in Watergate, we are going to do our job.

  3. Carl Bernstein:

    Richard Nixon tried to make the conduct of the press more the issue in Watergate instead of the conduct of Richard Nixon and Richard Nixon men, we tried to avoid the noise and let the reporting speak.

  4. Jamie Raskin:

    It is a tremendous sense of responsibility, everywhere we go, people tell us that this is the most important investigation they can remember at least since the Watergate investigation. So there's a high burden of hope being placed upon us.

  5. John Dean:

    In many ways the Mueller report is to President Trump what the so-called Watergate road map, officially titled the grand jury report... was to President Richard Nixon, stated a little differently, Robert Mueller has provided Judiciary Committee with a road map.

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