• Scandalous
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj scandalous giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation "scandalous behavior","the wicked rascally shameful conduct of the bankrupt"- Thackeray","the most shocking book of its time"
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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.
    • Scandalous Defamatory; libelous; as, a scandalous story.
    • Scandalous Disgraceful to reputation; bringing shame or infamy; opprobrious; as, a scandalous crime or vice.
    • Scandalous Giving offense to the conscience or moral feelings; exciting reprobation; calling out condemnation. "Nothing scandalous or offensive unto any."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scandalous Causing scandal or offense; exciting reproach or reprobation; extremely offensive to the sense of duty or propriety; shameful; shocking.
    • scandalous Opprobrious; disgraceful to reputation; that brings shame or infamy: as, a scandalous crime or vice.
    • scandalous Defamatory; libelous; slanderous: as, a scandalous report; in law procedure, defamatory or indecent, and not necessary to the presentation of the party's case. Synonyms and Wicked, Shocking, etc. See atrocious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Scandalous giving scandal or offence: calling forth condemnation: openly vile: defamatory
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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.”
  • George Farquhar
    “There's no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. scandaleux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. scandale—L. scandalum—Gr. skandalon, a stumbling-block.


In literature:

Upon the whole, twas voted a scandalous Thing, That News.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
It would be a pretty piece of scandal.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
Joseph, on his bench, sat contemplating the two parties to this scandal as they came toward him.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
Bossuet, it may be remembered, was nearly as scandalized as Louis XIV.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
If I have not misjudged your stepniece, there would be a scandal, and I do not think that I have misjudged her.
"Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)" by Arnold Bennett
If there is to be a scandal, there shall be a scandal.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
The scandal blew over.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner
In 1654 named persons were ejected as scandalous, ignorant and insufficient ministers and schoolmasters.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
His mind ran over past years, and pieced together the recollections of a long-past scandal.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
A scandal out-scandalizing anything of which she had ever dreamed!
"No. 13 Washington Square" by Leroy Scott

In poetry:

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
Should vile blasphemers with disdain
Pronounce the truths of Jesus vain,
I'll meet the scandal and the shame,
And sing and triumph in his name.
"Hymn 34 part 1" by Isaac Watts
One fox-faced virgin, word for word,
Repeats each sland'rous thing she's heard,
And sourly smiles as scandal slips
With gusto from her thin white lips.
"Two Gossips" by Harry Breaker Morant
‘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
They say a man's known by the company he keeps
I think that a lie and a scandal
'Cos I've mixed with company I didn't expect
At the seaside, in bed with a candle.
"The Sailor" by Billy Bennett

In news:

11/13: Petraeus scandal threatens Gen Allen.
Herman Cain and the Banality of Sexual Harassment Scandals.
The Bank of England and the LIBOR scandal.
Romney's London fundraisers will take him to heart of scandal-plagued banking industry .
0Francisco Cisneros is the first person to be sentenced in scandal.
The cast of characters in the Penn State scandal involving child-sex charges against Sandusky.
A Chattanooga theater will screen an independent film based on a crematory scandal in in North Georgia.
(AP) — A Chattanooga theater will screen an independent film based on a crematory scandal in in North Georgia.
Film based on Noble crematory scandal coming to Chattanooga.
In an attempt to fight off a looming closure of its schools in Los Angeles, officials with a charter school organization caught in a cheating scandal have fired the group founder.
A different kind of attendance scandal.
A major scandal was exposed.
Not the first time, Belgian Crown Prince at the heart of Belgian royal scandal.
Is it too soon to joke about the US Secret Service sex scandal.
That's the media's new nickname for the Olympic athletes disqualified Wednesday in a match-fixing scandal at the London Games.

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