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[skan-dl] /ˈskæn dl/
a disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc.
an offense caused by a fault or misdeed.
damage to reputation; public disgrace.
defamatory talk; malicious gossip.
a person whose conduct brings disgrace or offense.
verb (used with object), scandaled, scandaling or (especially British) scandalled, scandalling.
British Dialect. to defame (someone) by spreading scandal.
Obsolete. to disgrace.
Origin of scandal
1175-1225; < Late Latin scandalum < Late Greek skándalon snare, cause of moral stumbling; replacing Middle English scandle < Old French (north) escandle < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
miniscandal, noun
superscandal, noun
3. discredit, dishonor, shame, disrepute, opprobrium, ignominy. 4. slander, calumny, aspersion, obloquy. See gossip.
4. honor, praise. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Rather than you should bring a scandal on your character, I will submit to be a kind mother-in-law.

  • Or her, whose life the Church and scandal share, For ever in a passion, or a prayer.

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • The tavern, of course, was the rendezvous through the week, and the place where all the news and scandal could be enjoyed.

    I've Been Thinking; Azel Stevens Roe
  • Our haste and imprudence would go to countenance the scandal she spreads.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • They were much given to gluttony and drinking; and there was an unthinkable amount of scandal and backbiting and jealousy.

    Samuel the Seeker Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for scandal


a disgraceful action or event: his negligence was a scandal
censure or outrage arising from an action or event
a person whose conduct causes reproach or disgrace
malicious talk, esp gossip about the private lives of other people
(law) a libellous action or statement
verb (transitive) (obsolete)
to disgrace
to scandalize
Derived Forms
scandalous, adjective
scandalously, adverb
scandalousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, from Greek skandalon a trap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scandal

1580s, "discredit caused by irreligious conduct," from Middle French scandale (12c.), from Late Latin scandalum "cause for offense, stumbling block, temptation," from Greek skandalon "a trap or snare laid for an enemy," in New Testament, metaphorically as "a stumbling block, offense;" originally "trap with a springing device," from PIE *skand- "to leap, climb" (see scan (v.); cf. also slander (n.), which is another form of the same word).

Attested from early 13c., but the modern word likely is a reborrowing. Meaning "malicious gossip," also "shameful action or event" is from 1590s; sense of "person whose conduct is a disgrace" is from 1630s. Scandal sheet "sensational newspaper" is from 1939. Scandal-monger is from 1702.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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