- 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.
- British Dialect. to defame (someone) by spreading scandal.
- Obsolete. to disgrace.
Origin of scandal
SynonymsSee more synonyms for scandal on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for scandal
Liberals are outraged over the Steven Scalise scandal—but the left has selective amnesia.Reverend Jeremiah Wright Was Worse Than Scalise
January 2, 2015
Despite the scandal, Grimm beat his Democratic opponent by 18 points in November.2014 Was a Delectably Good Year for Sleaze
December 30, 2014
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
December 12, 2014
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
December 11, 2014
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
December 1, 2014
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
"It is not that there will be scandal," replied Father Antoine.Hetty's Strange History
No: there should be no scandal at Long Barton,—at least not while she had to stay in it.The Incomplete Amorist
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
- 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
- to disgrace
- to scandalize
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.