from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A publicized incident that brings about disgrace or offends the moral sensibilities of society: a drug scandal that forced the mayor's resignation.
- n. A person, thing, or circumstance that causes or ought to cause disgrace or outrage: a politician whose dishonesty is a scandal; considered the housing shortage a scandal.
- n. Damage to reputation or character caused by public disclosure of immoral or grossly improper behavior; disgrace.
- n. Talk that is damaging to one's character; malicious gossip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An incident or event that disgraces or damages the reputation of the persons or organization involved.
- n. Damage to one's reputation.
- n. Widespread moral outrage, indignation, as over an offence to decency.
- n. Religious discredit; an act or behaviour which brings a religion into discredit.
- n. Something which hinders acceptance of religious ideas or behaviour; a stumbling-block or offense.
- n. Defamatory talk; gossip, slander.
- v. To treat opprobriously; to defame; to slander.
- v. To scandalize; to offend.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Offense caused or experienced; reproach or reprobation called forth by what is regarded as wrong, criminal, heinous, or flagrant: opprobrium or disgrace.
- n. Reproachful aspersion; opprobrious censure; defamatory talk, uttered heedlessly or maliciously.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To treat opprobriously; to defame; to asperse; to traduce; to slander.
- transitive v. To scandalize; to offend.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To throw scandal on; defame; asperse; traduce.
- To scandalize; offend; shock.
- n. Offense caused by faults or misdeeds; reproach or reprobation called forth by what is considered wrong; opprobrium; shame; disgrace.
- n. Reproachful aspersion; defamatory speech or report; something uttered which is injurious to reputation; defamatory talk; malicious gossip.
- n. In law: A report, rumor, or action whereby one is affronted in public.
- n. 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. That which causes scandal or gives offense; an action or circumstance that brings public disgrace to the persons involved, or offends public morals.
- n. Synonyms Discredit, disrepute, dishonor.
- n. Backbiting, slander, calumny, detraction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disgraceful event
- n. disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
He wrote at a time when the word scandal applied to poverty, hunger, homelessness, and injustice.
The use of the word scandal in the sentence is a big mistake.
From this point forward, the word scandal will not appear.
Remember the Rush Limbaugh Party setting the bar for that? im surprised this time the scandal is a heterosexual one.
Of course, when the word "scandal" comes up, we all immediately think "sex."
They featured Graham, who is publicizing himself by contacting other conservative outlets such as Accuracy in Media and highlighting his role in publicizing what he calls a scandal and I call a hoax.
I asked him to write up something that was 3 paragraphs long and explained in simple English what this scandal is about.
This scandal is another reason why the American people are hungry for change, not more of the same cronyism and failed policies of the Bush Administration. â€ [...]
Watch the video; it's fun to watch a rightie nutjob choke on his cud when confronted by a simple yes-or-no question, and with the overwhelming evidence that this scandal is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican leadership, these lame attempts, including muttered accusations by the likes of Tucker Carlson that some Democratic members were doing the same thing with pages, have the overwhelming whiff of desperation about them.
That's why the stakes are so high: this scandal is about the unmasking of an ill-conceived war, not the unmasking of a C.I.A. operative who posed for Vanity Fair.