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A scandal is a widely publicized allegation or set of allegations that damages (or tries to damage) the reputation of an institution, individual or creed. A scandal may be based on true or false allegations or a mixture of both.

From the Greek σκάνδαλον (skandalon), "a trap or stumbling-block,"[1] the metaphor is that wrong conduct can impede or "trip" people's trust or faith.[2]

Some scandals are broken by Deep Throat (William Mark Felt) during the 1970s Watergate scandal. Sometimes an attempt to cover up a possible scandal ignites a greater scandal when the cover-up fails.


  • Western world 1
  • Old Bibles 2
  • List of scandals 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5

Western world

In the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, scandals, particularly political ones, are often referred to by adding the suffix "-gate" to a word connected with the events, recalling the Watergate scandal, such as "Nannygate".

Old Bibles

The word scandal is used a few times in several bibles like the Amplified Bible,[3] the Douay–Rheims Bible,[4] the Darby Translation,[5] the Wycliffe Bible[6] to mean causing someone to commit a sin. For example, Exodus 23:33 and Matthew 18:6 in the Douay-Rheims Bible:

Exodus 23:33 "Let them not dwell in thy land, lest perhaps thy make thee sin against me, if thou serve their god: which undoubtedly will be a scandal to thee."[7] Matthew 18:6 "But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea."[8]

List of scandals


  1. ^ A Greek–English Lexicon
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary
  3. ^ The Amplified Bible in Leviticus 19:16, John 6:61,1 Corinthians 1:23
  4. ^ Douay-Rheims Bible in Exodus 23:33, Matthew 5:29, Matthew 18:6, Luke 17:2, John 6:62
  5. ^ The Darby Translation in Deuteronomy 22:17
  6. ^ Wycliffe Bible in Proverbs 18:3, Jeremiah 23:40
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External links

  • Quotations related to Scandal at Wikiquote
  • The dictionary definition of scandal at Wiktionary
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