Definition of scandal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈskændl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskændl//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] behaviour or an event that people think is morally or legally wrong and causes public feelings of shock or anger a series of sex scandals to cause/create a scandal The scandal broke (= became known to the public) in May. There has been no hint of scandal during his time in office. a promising career wrecked by scandal See related entries: Immoral
  2. 2[uncountable] talk or reports about the shocking or immoral things that people have done or are thought to have done to spread scandal newspapers full of scandal
  3. 3[singular] scandal (that…) an action, attitude, etc. that you think is shocking and not at all acceptable synonym disgrace It is a scandal that such a large town has no orchestra.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘discredit to religion (by the immoral behaviour of a religious person)’): from Old French scandale, from ecclesiastical Latin scandalum ‘cause of offence’, from Greek skandalon ‘snare, stumbling block’.Extra examples In the wake of recent accounting scandals, new cases have come to light. She’s always trying to stir up scandal. The apartment was paid for by the bank at the centre of the scandal. The government was rocked by a series of scandals. The real scandal is that nothing has been done to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The scandal broke on the front pages of all the papers the next day. Their relationship attracted a lot of scandal. There have been calls for the resignation of the minister involved in the sex scandal. Until the story was published there had been no hint of scandal. a sex-abuse scandal financial scandals surrounding the government the prisoner-abuse scandal the scandals over corruption in public life The newspapers are full of scandal about her private life. The scandal broke in 2006. to cause/​create a scandal
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