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scandal

scan·dal

scandal

 
 
pronunciation:
skaen dl
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an action, situation, or behavior that seriously offends societal standards of propriety or morality.
Their private use of government funds was a scandal.
synonyms:
disgrace, ignominy, wrongdoing
similar words:
affair
definition 2: the damage or disgrace that results from such action or behavior; disrepute.
synonyms:
disgrace, disrepute, ignominy, opprobrium
definition 3: someone or something that causes a general sense of shame or disgrace.
The public schools are a scandal.
synonyms:
disgrace, embarrassment, reproach
definition 4: malicious talk or gossip.
That newspaper peddles scandal.
synonyms:
aspersion, defamation, dirt, libel, slander
similar words:
gossip, talk
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