[ skan-dl ]
/ ˈskæn dl /


verb (used with object), scan·daled, scan·dal·ing or (especially British) scan·dalled, scan·dal·ling.

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

min·i·scan·dal, nounsu·per·scan·dal, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scandal


/ (ˈskændəl) /


verb (tr) obsolete

to disgrace
to scandalize

Derived Forms

scandalous, adjectivescandalously, adverbscandalousness, noun

Word Origin for scandal

C16: from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, from Greek skandalon a trap
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