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scandal

[skan-dl] /ˈskæn dl/
noun
1.
a disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc.
2.
an offense caused by a fault or misdeed.
3.
damage to reputation; public disgrace.
4.
defamatory talk; malicious gossip.
5.
a person whose conduct brings disgrace or offense.
verb (used with object), scandaled, scandaling or (especially British) scandalled, scandalling.
6.
British Dialect. to defame (someone) by spreading scandal.
7.
Obsolete. to disgrace.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; < Late Latin scandalum < Late Greek skándalon snare, cause of moral stumbling; replacing Middle English scandle < Old French (north) escandle < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
miniscandal, noun
superscandal, noun
Synonyms
3. discredit, dishonor, shame, disrepute, opprobrium, ignominy. 4. slander, calumny, aspersion, obloquy. See gossip.
Antonyms
4. honor, praise.
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British Dictionary definitions for super scandal

scandal

/ˈskændəl/
noun
1.
a disgraceful action or event his negligence was a scandal
2.
censure or outrage arising from an action or event
3.
a person whose conduct causes reproach or disgrace
4.
malicious talk, esp gossip about the private lives of other people
5.
(law) a libellous action or statement
verb (transitive) (obsolete)
6.
to disgrace
7.
to scandalize
Derived Forms
scandalous, adjective
scandalously, adverb
scandalousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, from Greek skandalon a trap
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Word Origin and History for super scandal
scandal
1580s, "discredit caused by irreligious conduct," from M.Fr. scandale, from L.L. scandalum "cause for offense, stumbling block, temptation," from Gk. skandalon "a trap or snare laid for an enemy," in N.T., metaphorically as "a stumbling block, offense;" originally "trap with a springing device," from PIE *skand- "jump" (cf. Gk. skandalizein "to make to stumble, give offense to" someone; see scan; cf. also slander). Attested from early 13c., but the modern word is a reborrowing. Meaning "malicious gossip" is from 1590s; sense of "person whose conduct is a disgrace" is from 1630s. Scandalize (late 15c.) originally meant "make a public scandal of;" sense of "shock by doing something improper" first recorded 1640s. Scandal sheet "sensational newspaper" is from 1939.
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