What does scandal mean?

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ˈskæn dlscan·dal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scandal, dirt, malicious gossipnoun

    disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people

  2. scandal, outragenoun

    a disgraceful event


  1. scandalnoun

    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. scandalnoun

    Damage to one's reputation.

    The incident brought considerable scandal to his family.

  3. scandalnoun

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

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

  4. scandalnoun

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

  5. scandalnoun

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

  6. scandalnoun

    Defamatory talk; gossip, slander.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SCANDALnoun

    Etymology: σ άνδαλον; scandle, French.

    His lustful orgies he enlarg’d
    Even to the hill of scandal, by the grove
    Of Moloch homicide. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    If black scandal, or foul-fac’d reproach,
    Attend the sequel of your imposition,
    Your meer enforcement shall acquittance me
    From all the impure blots and stains thereof. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    My known virtue is from scandal free,
    And leaves no shadow for your calumny. John Dryden, Aurengz.

    In the case of scandal, we are to reflect how men ought to judge. John Rogers, Sermons.

  2. To Scandalverb

    To treat opprobriously; to charge falsely with faults.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    You repin’d,
    Scandal’d the suppliants; for the people call’d them
    Time-pleasers, flatterers. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I do fawn on men, and hug them hard,
    And after scandal them. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scandalnoun

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

  2. Scandalnoun

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

  3. Scandalnoun

    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. Scandalverb

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

  5. Scandalverb

    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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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of scandal in a Sentence

  1. Richard Hanley:

    This was a good move by Williams and the network to remove him from the air until a decision is reached on his future, it would be difficult for the audience to pay attention to what he's reading in terms of the news when the perception is all about this scandal.

  2. Rebecca Jarvis:

    I've been covering business for more than a decade, from the housing collapse to the fall of Bear Stearns, to the Bernie Madoff scandal, but none of these comes even close to the mystery and intrigue of Elizabeth Holmes.

  3. Vladimir Putin:

    Officials familiar with the matter say delays in official readouts of Trump's phone calls are usually due to a lengthy clearance process that includes officials at the National Security Council and in White House. Trump's call occurred on a Sunday in the middle of a quiet holiday week, which could have added to the time it took for the required officials to sign off.Even in previous administrations, the clearance process for writing and releasing a statement from the White House following a presidential phone call has sometimes led foreign governments to release their version first.In the past, officials have described Trump's conversations with foreign leaders sometimes veering off into unguarded or undiplomatic territory. Earlier in President Donald Trump administration, some of those details leaked, making for embarrassing headlines and questions about the privacy of Trump's conversations.That included an instance of President Donald Trump congratulating Putin on an election win despite advice from his aides that he not extend his congratulations because the election wasn't viewed as legitimate.The smaller group of officials with access to the calls is meant to prevent further leaks, according to administration sources. But the effect has also led to information from the calls being obscured even to those inside the administration. White House has made efforts in the past to limit access to calls President Donald Trump has had with Putin.Even before the Ukraine scandal and ensuing impeachment, administration officials took steps to limit access to Trump's phone conversations with Putin, along with certain other foreign leaders like the Saudi crown prince, according to administration officials. Trump's past conversations with Putin have been similarly shrouded in atypical secrecy. After their first face-to-face meeting on the sidelines of a summit in Germany, President Donald Trump asked to keep President Donald Trump translator's notes. They spoke at a dinner of foreign leaders without any American witnesses, relying on Putin's translator. During talks in Helsinki, they spoke without any other officials present.The insistence on keeping his conversations with Putin so closely held caught the interest of investigators, including Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether President Donald Trump or President Donald Trump campaign associates worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election.The impeachment inquiry centered on Trump's approach to Ukraine reignited the questions about his relationship to Vladimir Putin. The Washington Post reported that former President Donald Trump administration officials feared Vladimir Putin had planted a conspiracy that Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 election.One of the officials told the Post that President Donald Trump gave the theory credibility because.

  4. Jaime Riquelme:

    This scandal changes little, we all knew money was changing hands. It happens in all sports, baseball, soccer, basketball.

  5. Yuval Shany:

    The logic is Israel may be willing to turn a blind eye to transactions that are conducted with friendly regimes in the sense that they are friendly to Israel but not necessarily friendly to human rights, i think this recent scandal, which is quite embarrassing both for NSO but also for Israel, would lead at least in the short run to some tightening of export controls standards.

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