• Scandalous
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scandalize strike with disgust or revulsion "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On February 9, 1993, "Dateline NBC" was forced to publicly apologize, and NBC president Michael Gartner resigned for a scandal caused by "Dateline" rigging a GM truck with explosives to simulate a "scientific" crash-test demo.
    • Scandalize To offend the feelings or the conscience of (a person) by some action which is considered immoral or criminal; to bring shame, disgrace, or reproach upon. "I demand who they are whom we scandalize by using harmless things.""The congregation looked on in silence, the better class scandalized , and the lower orders, some laughing, others backing the soldier or the minister, as their fancy dictated."
    • Scandalize To reproach; to libel; to defame; to slander. "To tell his tale might be interpreted into scandalizing the order."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scandalize To offend by some action considered very wrong or outrageous; shock; give offense to: as, to be scandalized at a person's conduct.
    • scandalize To disgrace; bring disgrace on.
    • scandalize To libel; defame; asperse; slander.
    • scandalize Also spelled scandalise.
    • scandalize Nautical, to trice up the tack of the spanker or mizzen in a square-rigged vessel, or the mainsail in a fore-and-aft rigged vessel. It is frequently done, to enable the helmsman to look to leeward under the foot of the sail. The same word is erroueously used of the sails on the mizzenmast of a ship when they are clued down (the ship being before the wind) to allow the sails on the mainmast to draw better. Also spelled scandalise.
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  • Henry Fielding
    “Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “In the case of scandal, as in that of robbery, the receiver is always thought as bad as the thief.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.”
  • Moliere
    “It is the public scandal that offends; to sin in secret is no sin at all.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. scandaliser, L. scandalizare, from Gr. skandali`zein


In literature:

Angus, not being ashamed of his scandalous past, was really all that kept her nerves strung up.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
I do not know why so many people were scandalized, or pretended to be scandalized, when Brunetiere proclaimed again the bankruptcy of science.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
All scandal is avoided.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
The public is greedy for scandal, but looks with suspicion and coldness upon a correction.
"The Colossus" by Opie Read
Hasten out on that balcony, Richard Tarbelle, and stop this scandal!
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
In many instances the hardships constituted a public scandal.
"Looking Seaward Again" by Walter Runciman
Besides: any public scandal just now in which I was mixed up might kill my mother.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
No scandal, touching Frederick, had ever reached his ears: plenty of it touching John.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
In the same way, one is conscious of disappointment that the navy pother has not blossomed into a naked scandal.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
But I never listen to scandal, and I didn't believe it.
"The Tysons" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

Safe from earthly scandal
My poor spirit hide
In the utter stillness
Of Thy wounded Side.
"Homo Factus Est" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
But who are we and whence,
If, of those years gone by,
Scandal alone remains
And we have ceased to be.
"Meeting" by Boris Pasternak
GOVERNOR. Enough, no farther.
Lelius, thou a son of mine,
A disturber? Thou a scandal
To all Antioch through my favour?
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Think on the shame of dreams for deeds,
The scandal of unnatural strife,
The slur upon immortal needs,
The treason done to life:
"Some Starlit Garden Grey With Dew" by William Ernest Henley
And ah ! what varied forms of woe,
What hope and fear are found ;
What passions rise, what scandals grow,
Within this narrow bound !
"A Town" by Jane Taylor
Then a whisper of scandal linked his name
With broken vows and a life of blame;
And the people looked askance on him
As he walked among them sullen and grim,
Ill at ease, and bitter of word,
And prompt of quarrel with hand or sword.
"John Underhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Will and Kate step out after topless scandal.
Libor Scandal Set to Spread.
Forensic Crime Lab Scandals May Be Due To Oversight.
Scandals dimmed by free pizza in voting line.
The University of Kansas ticket scandal, which has reached Oklahoma shores with its ties to OU, is a breach of trust with fans.
Spanier faces charges in Penn St scandal.
Libor Rate Scandal Set to Spread.
After being tied together by scandal for four years, it appears that both Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are ready to move on with new lovers.
America's other big scandal is the Super Bowl, where Mike Holmgren told his team to take a dive.
Kenya Is Buffeted By Graft Scandals.
ABC Studios Sells 'Scandal' To UK Broadcaster Channel Four's More 4.
There's never a dull moment in the world of celebrities, scandal and controversy and what better way to see what happened this week than through photos on
The scandal-hit former MF Global chief has put his penthouse condo along the Hudson on the block for $2.9 million.
Jeremy Schaap gives his reaction to the Freeh report's findings in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Robo-signing scandal may date back to late '90s.

In science:

And there is the scandal of military research.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
But it is something of a scandal that there is still so little theoretical understanding of dark matter halo central behavior, although people are making progress on this problem (e.g.
Summary talk: How serious are the problems faced by CDM: cusps, thin disks, and halo substructure
It is scandalous that there has not been any progress in the past 15 years in measuring this rate more accurately.
Solar models and solar neutrino oscillations
An article in Nature written in 1988 referred to the inability, at that time, to predict the crystal structure of simple crystalline solids from their chemical composition as ”a continuing scandal” in solid state physics.
From Ginzburg-Landau to Hilbert-Einstein via Yamabe
It is precisely this approach that resulted in the 2012 LIBOR Scandal.
Interest Rate Manipulation Detection using Time Series Clustering Approach