scandal Definition

  • 1an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage
  • 2damage to reputation or public image caused by an action or event

Using scandal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "scandal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The politician was involved in a major scandal.

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    The company's financial scandal led to its downfall.

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    The celebrity's scandalous behavior shocked the public.

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    The scandal caused a lot of damage to his reputation.

scandal Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for scandal

Idioms Using scandal

  • to cause a public disturbance or uproar


    The customer made a scandal when he found out his order was wrong.

  • to cause a public uproar or controversy


    The company's decision to lay off workers kicked up a scandal among the employees.

  • a situation that is blown out of proportion and is not as serious as it seems


    The media made a scandal out of the celebrity's harmless comment, but it was really just a storm in a teacup.

Phrases with scandal

  • a scandal involving sexual impropriety or misconduct


    The president was embroiled in a sex scandal with a White House intern.

  • a scandal involving political corruption or wrongdoing


    The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal in the United States.

  • a scandal involving financial impropriety or fraud


    The Enron scandal was a major financial scandal in the early 2000s.

Origins of scandal

from Latin 'scandalum', meaning 'cause of offense'


Summary: scandal in Brief

The term 'scandal' [ˈskændl] refers to actions or events that are considered morally or legally wrong and cause public outrage. It can also denote damage to reputation or public image. Examples include 'The politician was involved in a major scandal,' and 'The scandal caused a lot of damage to his reputation.' 'Scandal' extends into phrases like 'sex scandal,' and idioms like 'a storm in a teacup,' denoting a situation that is blown out of proportion.

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