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scandal

Scandal is disgraceful events or nasty gossip about people's private lives, like the scandal that erupted when you were seen at the mall with your best friend's girlfriend.

Just because there's a scandal, it doesn't mean it's always true — being seen with your friend's girl? What the gossips didn't know it that you were buying his birthday present. Some scandals, though, involve public figures who have been found guilty. For example, if a politician is found guilty of taking bribes, that's a scandal that will rock your town, causing outrage not to mention the end of that politician's career.

Definitions of scandal
  1. noun
    a disgraceful event
    synonyms: outrage
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    examples:
    Teapot Dome scandal
    a government scandal involving a former United States Navy oil reserve in Wyoming that was secretly leased to a private oil company in 1921; became symbolic of the scandals of the Harding administration
    Watergate scandal
    a political scandal involving abuse of power and bribery and obstruction of justice; led to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974
    types:
    skeleton, skeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboard
    a scandal that is kept secret
    type of:
    trouble
    an event causing distress or pain
  2. noun
    disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
    synonyms: dirt, malicious gossip
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    type of:
    comment, gossip, scuttlebutt
    a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
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