1. Offense caused or experienced; reproach or reprobation called forth by what is regarded as wrong, criminal, heinous, or flagrant: opprobrium or disgrace.
O, what a scandal is it to our crown,
That two such noble peers as ye should jar! --Shak.
[I] have brought scandal
To Israel, diffidence of God, and doubt
In feeble hearts. --Milton.
2. Reproachful aspersion; opprobrious censure; defamatory talk, uttered heedlessly or maliciously.
You must not put another scandal on him. --Shak.
My known virtue is from scandal free. --Dryden.
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.
Syn: -- Defamation; detraction; slander; calumny; opprobrium; reproach; shame; disgrace.
Scan·dal v. t.
1. To treat opprobriously; to defame; to asperse; to traduce; to slander. [R.]
I do fawn on men and hug them hard
And after scandal them. --Shak.
2. To scandalize; to offend. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To defame; traduce; reproach; slander; calumniate; asperse; vilify; disgrace.
n 1: disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
[syn: dirt, malicious gossip]
2: a disgraceful event [syn: outrage]