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576. Scandal (See also Controversy.)

  1. Abélard, Peter (1079c. 1144) French theologian takes Héloïse, abbess, as lover; marries her in secret. [Fr. Hist.: EB, I: 18]
  2. Black Sox Scandal Chicago White Sox baseball players accused of taking bribes to lose the 1919 World Series. [Sports: EB, II: 66]
  3. Chappaquiddick car driven by Senator Edward Kennedy plunges off bridge; woman companion dies (1969). [Am. Hist.: Facts (1969), 452]
  4. Edward VIII (18941972) King of Britain whose decision to marry a divorcee forced him to abdicate throne (1936). [Br. Hist.: NCE, 835836]
  5. $64,000 Question, The game show discovered to be fixed (1958). [TV : Terrace, II, 295296]
  6. South Sea Bubble fraud is exposed in British South Sea Company (1720). [Br. Hist.: EB, IX: 383]
  7. Teapot Dome government oil reserves fraudulently leased to private concerns (1922). [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 353]
  8. Watergate scandals involving Nixons administration (1972). [Am. Hist.: Kane, 460462]

Scapegoat (See DUPERY .)

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scandal

scan·dal / ˈskandl/ • n. an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage: a bribery scandal involving one of his key supporters. ∎  the outrage or anger caused by such an action or event: divorce was cause for scandal on the island. ∎  rumor or malicious gossip about such events or actions: I know that you would want no scandal attached to her name. ∎  [in sing.] 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 untreatable. ORIGIN: Middle English: from Old French scandale, from ecclesiastical Latin scandalum ‘cause of offense,’ from Greek skandalon ‘snare, stumbling block.’

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scandal discredit to religion caused by a religious person; occasion of unbelief, stumbling-block; damage to reputation; grossly discreditable thing; defamatory speech. XVI. — F. scandale — ChrL. scandalum (Vulg.) cause of offence — Hellenistic Gr. skándalon snare for an enemy, cause of moral stumbling, orig. trap, rel. to Skr. skándati jumps, L. scandere climb.
So scandalize1 †make public scandal of XV; †be an occasion of stumbling to; slander; disgrace XVI; horrify by impropriety XVII. — (O)F. scandaliser or ChrL. scandalizāre — ecclGr. skandalizein. scandalous. XVI. — F. or medL.

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