from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix A scandal involving alleged illegal acts and often a cover-up, especially by government officials: Irangate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- suffix Combined with keywords to form the names of scandals.
- suffix Used to form place names of towns by sea.
After Watergate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from Watergate. (Wiktionary)