- a White House political scandal that came to light during the 1972 presidential campaign, growing out of a break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate apartment-office complex in Washington, D.C., and, after congressional hearings, culminating in the resignation of President Nixon in 1974.
- any scandal involving abuses of power, corruption, or the like, and attempts to cover them up.
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Examples from the Web for watergate
But from there we had Watergate, stagflation, oil embargos, eroding American power in the world, growing income inequality, etc.We've Been on the Wrong Track Since 1972
November 7, 2014
In the book, you stay pretty much within the confines of Watergate, right?
I first discovered nobody had ever cataloged all of the Watergate conversations.
There are those who write about it without Watergate, and there are those who write about it with Watergate.
As for Watergate, I learned so much more about it doing this book that it actually colors my view of the Nixon presidency.
The watergate is the only part of his structure still existing.The Strand District
Sir Walter Besant
Said Frederik slowly, When fathers up at the watergate, hes there because hes business there.Mothwise
We were on an island and owned a watergate if we wanted to take a boat.From Sea to Sea
I refer, of course, to the investigations of the so-called Watergate affair.
Macleod demanded, as side by side their two canoes nosed in to shore through the channel where the watergate was blown to atoms.The Law of the North (Originally published as Empery)
Samuel Alexander White
- an incident during the 1972 US presidential campaign, when a group of agents employed by the re-election organization of President Richard Nixon were caught breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building, Washington, DC. The consequent political scandal was exacerbated by attempts to conceal the fact that senior White House officials had approved the burglary, and eventually forced the resignation of President Nixon
- any similar public scandal, esp involving politicians or a possible cover-upSee also -gate
Word Origin and History for watergate
An incident in the presidency of Richard Nixon that led to his resignation. In June 1972, burglars in the pay of Nixon's campaign committee broke into offices of the Democratic party. In a complex chain of events, high officials on Nixon's staff who had been connected to the burglary used illegal means to keep the burglary from being fully investigated; these actions by Nixon's staff were known as the “cover-up.” Nixon arranged for secret tape-recording of many conversations in his office regarding the cover-up and then refused to hand the tapes over to investigators from Congress. After months of legal maneuvers, Nixon finally released the tapes, which showed that he had known about criminal activity by his staff. By this time, the House of Representatives was one step away from impeachment of Nixon. Leaders of Congress told him that if he were impeached and tried, he would very likely be removed from office. He resigned the presidency in August 1974, complaining of a lack of support from Congress. Several of his assistants were convicted of various crimes connected with Watergate. Nixon himself was never indicted and was pardoned by his successor, President Gerald Ford.