Scandal Scan"dal, n. [F. scandale, fr. L. scandalum, Gr. ?, a snare laid for an enemy, a stumbling block, offense, scandal: cf. OE. scandle, OF. escandle. See {Slander}.] 1. Offense caused or experienced; reproach or reprobation called forth by what is regarded as wrong, criminal, heinous, or flagrant: opprobrium or disgrace. [1913 Webster]

O, what a scandal is it to our crown, That two such noble peers as ye should jar! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

[I] have brought scandal To Israel, diffidence of God, and doubt In feeble hearts. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Reproachful aspersion; opprobrious censure; defamatory talk, uttered heedlessly or maliciously. [1913 Webster]

You must not put another scandal on him. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

My known virtue is from scandal free. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. (Equity) 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. --Daniell. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Defamation; detraction; slander; calumny; opprobrium; reproach; shame; disgrace. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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