Definition of Scandal

1. Noun. Disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people.

Exact synonyms: Dirt, Malicious Gossip
Generic synonyms: Comment, Gossip, Scuttlebutt
Derivative terms: Scandalise, Scandalize



2. Noun. A disgraceful event.
Exact synonyms: Outrage
Generic synonyms: Trouble
Specialized synonyms: Skeleton, Skeleton In The Closet, Skeleton In The Cupboard
Specialized synonyms: Teapot Dome, Teapot Dome Scandal, Watergate, Watergate Scandal
Derivative terms: Outrage, Outrageous, Scandalise, Scandalize, Scandalous

Definition of Scandal

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

2. v. t. To treat opprobriously; to defame; to asperse; to traduce; to slander.

Definition of Scandal

1. Noun. An incident or event that disgraces or damages the reputation of the persons or organization involved. ¹

2. Noun. Damage to one's reputation. ¹

3. Noun. Widespread moral outrage, indignation, as over an offence to decency. ¹

4. Noun. (theology) Religious discredit; an act or behaviour which brings a religion into discredit. ¹

5. Noun. (theology) Something which hinders acceptance of religious ideas or behaviour; a stumbling-block or offense. ¹

6. Noun. Defamatory talk; gossip, slander. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scandal

1. to defame [v -DALED, -DALING, -DALS or -DALLED, -DALLING, -DALS] - See also: defame

Medical Definition of Scandal

1. 1. Offense caused or experienced; reproach or reprobation called forth by what is regarded as wrong, criminal, heinous, or flagrant: opprobrium or disgrace. "O, what a scandal is it to our crown, That two such noble peers as ye should jar!" (Shak) "[I] have brought scandal To Israel, diffidence of God, and doubt In feeble hearts." (Milton) 2. Reproachful aspersion; opprobrious censure; defamatory talk, uttered heedlessly or maliciously. "You must not put another scandal on him." (Shak) "My known virtue is from scandal free." (Dryden) 3. 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. Synonym: Defamation, detraction, slander, calumny, opprobrium, reproach, shame, disgrace. Origin: F. Scandale, fr. L. Scandalum, Gr, a snare laid for an enemy, a stumbling block, offense, scandal: cf. OE. Scandle, OF. Escandle. See Slander. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scandal

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Literary usage of Scandal

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"For scandal to exist it is therefore essential and sufficient, with regard to the ... Still less can that be considered scandal, which only arouses comment, ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"For scandal to exist it is therefore essential and sufficient, with regard to the ... Still less can that be considered scandal, which only arouses comment, ..."

3. Aquinas Ethicus: Or, The Moral Teaching of St. Thomas. A Translation of the by Thomas, Joseph Rickaby (1896)
"V. that other does not consent: sometimes again there is passive scandal without ... Is scandal a special sin ? R. Passive scandal cannot be a special sin: ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"The time was particularly inauspicious for any scandal affecting the Protestants, for the emperor, who had rejected the Frankfort Respite, ..."

5. The Works of Benjamin Franklin: Including the Private as Well as the by Benjamin Franklin, John Bigelow (1904)
"XL ON scandal MR. GAZETTEER: I was highly pleased with your last week's paper upon scandal, as the uncommon doctrine therein preached is agreeable both to ..."

6. The Gentleman's Magazine (1899)
"SEVENTEENTH CENTURY scandal AT OXFORD. THE good stories that went the round of the Oxford Colleges during the latter half of the seventeenth century can ..."

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