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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCANDALS

Holy men grieved over the scandals of the times in which they lived.

There are scandals which we must spare the Church, which is not, cannot be guilty.

Scandals without end could be cited to show the necessity of this.

And this Church of England of ours—I say it with shame—is full of scandals.

No, you will not leave me alone amid all the scandals that are creeping around me.

But even Paradise has its nuisances, its scandals, its lacks.

She persuaded herself that this was because she had a dread of scandals.

The architect, the impersonator: the two scandals of her life.

I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don't interest me.

Yes, it is true, we have contrived to fill the world with our scandals of late.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "discredit caused by irreligious conduct," from Middle French scandale (12c.), from Late Latin scandalum "cause for offense, stumbling block, temptation," from Greek skandalon "a trap or snare laid for an enemy," in New Testament, metaphorically as "a stumbling block, offense;" originally "trap with a springing device," from PIE *skand- "to leap, climb" (see scan (v.); cf. also slander (n.), which is another form of the same word).

Attested from early 13c., but the modern word likely is a reborrowing. Meaning "malicious gossip," also "shameful action or event" is from 1590s; sense of "person whose conduct is a disgrace" is from 1630s. Scandal sheet "sensational newspaper" is from 1939. Scandal-monger is from 1702.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.