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 formsmin·i·scan·dal, nounsu·per·scan·dal, noun

Synonyms for scandal

Antonyms for scandal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scandal

Contemporary Examples of scandal

Historical Examples of scandal

  • He was not by any means an ideal monk, but he was equally far from being a scandal.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • We can't afford any scandal, so we're going to settle at your own terms.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "It is not that there will be scandal," replied Father Antoine.

  • No: there should be no scandal at Long Barton,—at least not while she had to stay in it.

  • We do not pretend to conceal from you the fact that we are anxious to avoid all publicity, all scandal.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for scandal



a disgraceful action or eventhis 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 (tr) obsolete

to disgrace
to scandalize
Derived Formsscandalous, adjectivescandalously, adverbscandalousness, noun

Word Origin for scandal

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