scandal - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a situation in which important people behave in a dishonest or immoral way that shocks people

    a sex scandal

    The company has been damaged by a series of financial scandals.

    a scandal breaks (=suddenly becomes known):

    When the scandal broke, many people called for the President’s impeachment.

    a hint of scandal (=a suggestion that a scandal may exist):

    Any further hint of scandal and he’ll be forced to resign.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] talk or reports in the newspapers or on television about shocking events involving important people

      He was tired of the endless stream of scandal offered by the tabloid press.

  2. 2
    [singular] a situation that shocks you and makes you angry, especially one that you think someone in authority should change
    scandal of:

    The government has failed to deal with the scandal of homelessness.

    it’s a scandal that:

    It’s a scandal that companies can charge so much for phone calls.