- 1An action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage: a bribery scandal involving one of his key supportersMore example sentences
- Could that be the reason for the various scandals involving public funds?
- There are no major events, very few scandals, and not many people are having parties.
- After a number of scandals involving politician's exotic sex lives, a plain old case of bribery seems prosaic.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The outrage or anger caused by a scandalous action or event: divorce was cause for scandal in the islandMore example sentences
- It was nothing like that, of course, but it was worth the kick in the shin he got from Tori to see the mixed expression of disgust, disbelief, outrage and scandal on Teague's face - at one and the same time.
- Without a proper home to raise a child, parents, a husband or even a secure job, this young girl faced shame and scandal living with a relative who at times seemed more like tyrant than a disciplinarian.
- Watching celebrity lives is almost exactly like watching soap operas, and in a sphere where scandal is a weekly event, a gay drug binge gone wrong is hardly worthy of note.
- 1.2 [mass noun] Rumour or malicious gossip about scandalous events or actions: I know that you would want no scandal attached to her nameMore example sentences
- In retirement in Tiverton, Cowley became more and more concerned about her own reputation for respectability, and she worked hard to make sure that no breath of scandal hung over her life.
- I take my seat at the convivial bar in the Queen's Grill Lounge and become enthralled by the idiosyncrasies of my ship-mates as they are narrated by that font of scandal and gossip, the bartender.
- Again, like today's, its doings were chronicled by an irreverent, iconoclastic press eager for celebrity gossip and social scandal.
- 1.3 [in singular] A state of affairs regarded as wrong or reprehensible and causing general public outrage or anger: it’s a scandal that many older patients are dismissed as untreatableMore example sentences
- It was a scandal of wasted potential then and it is a scandal of wasted potential now.
- It is a scandal that shames the good name of noble Limerick.
- It is a scandal that the Government has so badly underestimated the logistical difficulties of organising postal voting.
Middle English (in the sense 'discredit to religion (by the reprehensible behaviour of a religious person)'): from Old French scandale, from ecclesiastical Latin scandalum 'cause of offence', from Greek skandalon 'snare, stumbling block'.