verb (used with object), scan·daled, scan·dal·ing or (especially British) scan·dalled, scan·dal·ling.
- scandal sheet,
Origin of scandal
Examples from the Web for scandal
Liberals are outraged over the Steven Scalise scandal—but the left has selective amnesia.
Despite the scandal, Grimm beat his Democratic opponent by 18 points in November.
Nine U.S. Army soldiers were court-martialed and convicted of crimes in connection with that scandal.Why the Muslim World Isn’t Flipping Out Over the CIA Torture Report|Dean Obeidallah|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kerry Washington - Scandal Is there room for only one Shonda Rhimes darling in Best Actress in a Drama?15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More|Kevin Fallon|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was starting to look like Cosby might not brush this scandal off.How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account|Scott Porch|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a scandal of proportions almost equal to that of her love for strong drink.The Boss of Little Arcady|Harry Leon Wilson
Proof against every breath of scandal herself, Janet King never uttered and never encouraged one ill-natured word against another.The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
If the scandal goes any further I shall side with her, no matter what may be the consequences.The Automobile Girls at Palm Beach|Laura Dent Crane
The breach was apparently healed, but rather to avoid a scandal than from sincere forgiveness.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
There should be no scandal about Caesar's wife, you know; and, as I say, she has always hoped to marry Caesar.The Portrait of a Lady|Henry James
verb (tr) obsolete
Word Origin 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.