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scandal (ˈskændəl Pronunciation for scandal



  1. a disgraceful action or event   ⇒ his negligence was a scandal
  2. censure or outrage arising from an action or event
  3. a person whose conduct causes reproach or disgrace
  4. malicious talk, esp gossip about the private lives of other people
  5. (law) a libellous action or statement

verb (transitive)

  1. to disgrace
  2. to scandalize

Derived Forms

ˈscandalous adjective
ˈscandalously adverb
ˈscandalousness noun

Word Origin

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


View thesaurus entry
= disgrace, crime, offence, sin, embarrassment, misconduct, wrongdoing, skeleton in the cupboard, shocking incident, dishonourable behaviour, discreditable behaviour
= gossip, goss, talk, rumours, dirt, defamation, slander, tattle, dirty linen, calumny, backbiting, muckraking, aspersion, scandalmongering
= outrage, shame, insult, disgrace, injustice, crying shame

Quotations including 'scandal'

  • "It is public scandal that constitutes offence, and to sin in secret is not to sin at all" [Molière

Translations for 'scandal'

  • British English: scandalPronunciation for scandal A scandal is a situation, event, or someone's behaviour that shocks a lot of people because they think it is immoral....a financial scandal.ˈskændl NOUN
  • Arabic: فَضِيحَةPronunciation for فَضِيحَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: escândaloPronunciation for escândalo
  • Chinese: 丑闻Pronunciation for 丑闻
  • Croatian: skandalPronunciation for skandal
  • Czech: skandálPronunciation for skandál
  • Danish: skandalePronunciation for skandale
  • Dutch: schandaalPronunciation for schandaal
  • European Spanish: escándaloPronunciation for escándalo
  • Finnish: skandaaliPronunciation for skandaali
  • French: scandalePronunciation for scandale
  • German: SkandalPronunciation for Skandal
  • Greek: σκάνδαλοPronunciation for σκάνδαλο
  • Italian: scandaloPronunciation for scandalo
  • Japanese: スキャンダルPronunciation for スキャンダル
  • Korean: 추문Pronunciation for 추문
  • Norwegian: skandalePronunciation for skandale
  • Polish: skandalPronunciation for skandal
  • Portuguese: escândaloPronunciation for escândalo
  • Romanian: scandal scandaluri
  • Russian: скандалPronunciation for скандал
  • Spanish: escándaloPronunciation for escándalo
  • Swedish: skandalPronunciation for skandal
  • Thai: เรื่องอื้อฉาวPronunciation for เรื่องอื้อฉาว
  • Turkish: skandalPronunciation for skandal
  • Ukrainian: скандал
  • Vietnamese: vụ bê bốiPronunciation for vụ bê bối

Example Sentences Including 'scandal'

Abel and Lucy had filled him in on the story, or rather the scandal.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)
Although there was some knowledge of BCCI's unscrupulous activities long before the scandal broke, no decisive action was taken.
Irish Times (2002)
Edward was entangled in one scandal from which he derived some public sympathy.
Jim Leavesley, George Biro THE MEDICAL MYSTERIES E-OMNIBUS (2001)
If any of them decided to tell their trouble to one of the scandal sheets, you could be pilloried.
Babson, Marian Death in Fashion
It also put to rest demands by bereaved parents for a public inquiry into the organ retention scandal.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Obsession with the past - one's own or others' - leads to slaughter, suicide, scandal.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
One big irony of the A-level scandal is that the apparent grade manipulation happened in order to keep grades down.
The revelation that Mr Chirac spent E300,000 in "special funds" on personal plane tickets created a scandal two years ago.
Irish Times (2002)
You know what it was like in those days, the less scandal about the police, the better.
Cleary, Jon Murder Song


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