• Scandalous
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scandal disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
    • n scandal a disgraceful event
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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.
    • Scandal (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.
    • Scandal 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!"
      "I] have brought scandal To Israel, diffidence of God, and doubt
      In feeble hearts."
    • Scandal Reproachful aspersion; opprobrious censure; defamatory talk, uttered heedlessly or maliciously. "You must not put another scandal on him.""My known virtue is from scandal free."
    • Scandal To scandalize; to offend.
    • Scandal To treat opprobriously; to defame; to asperse; to traduce; to slander. "I do fawn on men and hug them hard
      And after scandal them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scandal Offense caused by faults or misdeeds; reproach or reprobation called forth by what is considered wrong; opprobrium; shame; disgrace.
    • n scandal Reproachful aspersion; defamatory speech or report; something uttered which is injurious to reputation; defamatory talk; malicious gossip.
    • n scandal In law: A report, rumor, or action whereby one is affronted in public.
    • n scandal An irrelevant and defamatory or indecent statement introduced into a pleading or proceeding; any allegation or statement which is unbecoming the dignity of the court to hear, or is contrary to good manners, or which unnecessarily either charges a person with a crime or bears cruelly on his moral character.
    • n scandal That which causes scandal or gives offense; an action or circumstance that brings public disgrace to the persons involved, or offends public morals.
    • n scandal Synonyms Discredit, disrepute, dishonor.
    • n scandal Backbiting, slander, calumny, detraction.
    • scandal To throw scandal on; defame; asperse; traduce.
    • scandal To scandalize; offend; shock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scandal skan′dal something said which is false and injurious to reputation: disgrace: opprobrious censure
    • v.t Scandal to defame, to aspire
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  • Henry Fielding
    “Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.”
  • William Wycherley
    William Wycherley
    “Your women of honor, as you call em, are only chary of their reputations, not their persons; and 'Tis scandal that they would avoid, not men.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.”
  • Paul Chatfield
    Paul Chatfield
    “Scandal is what one half of the world takes pleasure inventing, and the other half in believing.”
  • 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. scandale, fr. L. scandalum, Gr. , a snare laid for an enemy, a stumbling block, offense, scandal: cf. OE. scandle, OF. escandle,. See Slander


In literature:

Again, personalities, scandal, are, at least in theory, excluded.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
It will cause a great scandal.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Was it possible that Scarby was the very place where the scandal had occurred?
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Scandal is so rife here that it hardly seems to mean scandal.
"My War Experiences in Two Continents" by Sarah Macnaughtan
If contempt of God or scandal result from such language, the offense may easily be mortal.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
There wouldn't be any gossip or scandal, then.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
And I have always found that you got the ripest scandal in the smallest villages; and Nyack was not an exception.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
Be not an occasion of wrath or scandal to anyone, but by your gentleness may all be led to peace, concord, and good works.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
Twenty minutes later, with a scandalous scythe-stroke, Bridges made the winning hit.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
And, after all, there need be no scandal.
"The King's Men" by Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly, J. S. Dale, and John T. Wheelwright

In poetry:

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
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
And—a scandal to the faithful,
E'en she hath been known to welcome
To her castle the young Rabbi,
Offering to his tribe her bounty.
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus
The current scandals of the day
Don’t trouble you—you seem to take
Things in the coolest sort of way—
And wisest—for you have no ache.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
‘Sweet friend, God give you thank and grace;
Now am I clean and whole of shame,
Nor shall men burn me in the face
For my sweet fault that scandals them.’
"The Leper" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

San Fernando's Financial Crisis Burdened By Scandal.
BBC scandal is a blow to freedom and democracy.
3 years after cemetery scandal, litigation comes to an end — but not families' pain.
Consider the US Attorneys scandal, the most recent appointee for Surgeon General, and about a thousands other examples.
A few years ago, Lynn Nottage found herself watching Babyface, a scandalous film from 1933 in which Barbara Stanwyck seduces her way to love and fortune.
Lieutenant governor's GOP convention cachet plummets with office scandal.
Shamed New York Governor Eliot Spitzer 's sex scandal was transformed into a movie, and now his former call girl is getting her own Hollywood ending.
Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight.
Enlarge MARK PYNES, The Patriot-News Former FBI director Louis Freeh talks about the report on the investigation into Penn State's involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's soap operas offer a steady diet of sex, scandal — and if Cambridge University has its way, scholarship.
Village Scandal continues to fight its seven-year battle against eviction threats that began in 2004 when A.
Win or lose, scandal seems to carry the day at Olympics.
Topless photo scandal threatened to cast a pall over royals' Southeast Asia tour.
Though the recent scandal involving American Secret Service agents has cast new scrutiny on prostitution in Colombia, life at the Angeles Bar Club, a brothel in Cartagena , goes on pretty much as it always has.
Three Secret Service agents implicated in the prostitution scandal in Colombia would be leaving their posts, the agency announced Wednesday.

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