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Meaning of scandal by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle French scandale ( “indignation caused by misconduct or defamatory speech” ), from Ecclesiastical Latin scandalum ( “that on which one trips, cause of offense”, literally “stumbling block” ), from Ancient Greek σκάνδαλον ( skándalon, “a trap laid for an enemy, a cause of moral stumbling” ), from Proto-Indo-European *skand- ( “to jump” ). Cognate with Latin scandō ( “to climb” ). First attested from Old Northern French escandle, but the modern word is a reborrowing. Sense evolution from "cause of stumbling, that which causes one to sin, stumbling block" to "discredit to reputation, that which brings shame, thing of disgrace" possibly due to early influence from other similar sounding words for infamy and disgrace ( compare Old English scand ( “ignominy, scandal, disgraceful thing” ), Old High German scanda ( “ignominy, disgrace” ), Gothic ( skanda, “shame, disgrace” ) ). See shend .


    • IPA: /ˈskændəl/
      Rhymes: -ændəl


    scandal ( plural: scandals )

    1. An incident or event that disgraces or damages the reputation of the persons or organization involved .
      Their affair was reported as a scandal by most tabloids .
    2. Damage to one's reputation .
      The incident brought considerable scandal to his family .
    3. Widespread moral outrage, indignation, as over an offence to decency .
      When their behaviour was made public it caused a great scandal .
    4. ( theology ) Religious discredit; an act or behaviour which brings a religion into discredit .
    5. ( theology ) Something which hinders acceptance of religious ideas or behaviour; a stumbling-block or offense .
    6. Defamatory talk; gossip, slander .
      According to village scandal, they weren't even married .

Explanation of scandal by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people

    2. a disgraceful event

    Definition of scandal by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Scandal n. [F. scandale, fr. L. scandalum, Gr. , a snare laid for an enemy, a stumbling block, offense, scandal: cf. OE. scandle, OF. escandle. See Slander.]
      1. Offense caused or experienced; reproach or reprobation called forth by what is regarded as wrong, criminal, heinous, or flagrant: opprobrium or disgrace.

      O, what a scandal is it to our crown,

      That two such noble peers as ye should jar! Shak.

      [I] have brought scandal

      To Israel, diffidence of God, and doubt

      In feeble hearts. Milton.

      2. Reproachful aspersion; opprobrious censure; defamatory talk, uttered heedlessly or maliciously.

      You must not put another scandal on him. Shak.

      My known virtue is from scandal free. Dryden.

      3. ( Equity ) Anything alleged in pleading which is impertinent, and is reproachful to any person, or which derogates from the dignity of the court, or is contrary to good manners. Daniell.

      Syn. -- Defamation; detraction; slander; calumny; opprobrium; reproach; shame; disgrace.

    2. Scandal v. t.
      1. To treat opprobriously; to defame; to asperse; to traduce; to slander. [R.]

      I do fawn on men and hug them hard

      And after scandal them. Shak.

      2. To scandalize; to offend. [Obs.] Bp. Story.

      Syn. -- To defame; traduce; reproach; slander; calumniate; asperse; vilify; disgrace.