Meaning of SCANDAL in English


scan ‧ dal /ˈskændl/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1100-1200 ; Language: Late Latin ; Origin: scandalum 'offense' , from Greek skandalon ]

1 . [countable] an event in which someone, especially someone important, behaves in a bad way that shocks people:

It caused quite a scandal when he left his wife.

The college has recently been involved in a drugs scandal.

He has been at the centre of a political scandal.

a major scandal involving the government

a series of financial scandals

a sex scandal that ruined his reputation

They had already left the country when the scandal broke.

2 . [uncountable] talk about dishonest or immoral things that famous or important people are believed to have done:

The magazine is full of gossip and scandal.

3 . be a scandal British English spoken to be very shocking or unacceptable:

The price of petrol these days is an absolute scandal!

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■ verbs

▪ cause a scandal

The vicar caused a scandal by having an affair with a young woman.

▪ be involved in a scandal

A senior government official is involved in a political scandal.

▪ be implicated in a scandal (=be suspected of being involved)

One of the ministers implicated in the scandal resigned.

▪ be at the centre of a scandal British English , be at the center of a scandal American English

The banker at the centre of the scandal has disappeared.

▪ uncover/expose a scandal

The scandal was uncovered by a journalist.

▪ a scandal breaks (=becomes known)

When the scandal broke in 1990, it forced the resignation of the bank's chairman.

▪ a scandal erupts (=becomes known with serious effects)

A major scandal erupted in Washington last year.

▪ the scandal surrounding something

They had tried to protect the prime minster from the scandal surrounding the arms sales.


▪ a big/major scandal

The president was forced to resign following a major scandal.

▪ a financial scandal (=involving money)

He was suspected of involvement in a major financial scandal.

▪ a political scandal (=involving politicians)

The Health Secretary now finds himself at the centre of a political scandal.

▪ a corruption scandal (=involving illegal payments)

a major police corruption scandal

▪ a sex scandal

There are rumours of a sex scandal involving senior government ministers.

▪ a public scandal (=one that people know about and discuss)

The award was soon the centre of a public scandal.

▪ the Watergate/Whitewater etc scandal (=the scandal involving a particular place, organization etc)

The name of Richard Nixon will forever be associated with the Watergate scandal.

▪ the worst scandal (=the biggest or most shocking)

Total losses resulting from India's worst financial scandal amounted to Rs31,000 million.

■ phrases

▪ a hint/whiff of scandal (=the suggestion that someone may be involved in a scandal)

He vowed that no hint of scandal would ever be attached to him.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.