[ 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), scan·daled, scan·dal·ing or (especially British) scan·dalled, scan·dal·ling.
British Dialect. to defame (someone) by spreading scandal.
Obsolete. to disgrace.
Words nearby scandal
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
SYNONYMS FOR scandal
OTHER WORDS FROM scandalmin·i·scan·dal, nounsu·per·scan·dal, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for scandaling
/ (ˈskændəl) /
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
Derived forms of scandalscandalous, adjectivescandalously, adverbscandalousness, noun
Word Origin for scandal
C16: from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, from Greek skandalon a trap
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