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scandal

Law a libellous action or statement

Scandal

See also Controversy.
Scapegoat (See DUPERY.)
Abélard, Peter
(1079–c. 1144) French theologian takes Héloïse, abbess, as lover; marries her in secret. [Fr. Hist.: EB, I: 18]
Black Sox Scandal
Chicago White Sox baseball players accused of taking bribes to lose the 1919 World Series. [Sports: EB, II: 66]
Chappaquiddick
car driven by Senator Edward Kennedy plunges off bridge; woman companion dies (1969). [Am. Hist.: Facts (1969), 452]
Edward VIII
(1894–1972) King of Britain whose decision to marry a divorcee forced him to abdicate throne (1936). [Br. Hist.: NCE, 835–836]
$64,000 Question, The
game show discovered to be fixed (1958). [TV: Terrace, II, 295–296]
South Sea Bubble
fraud is exposed in British South Sea Company (1720). [Br. Hist.: EB, IX: 383]
Teapot Dome
government oil reserves fraudulently leased to private concerns (1922). [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 353]
Watergate
scandals involving Nixon’s administration (1972). [Am. Hist.: Kane, 460–462]
References in classic literature ?
"I'll no' waste precious time," he said, after a moment's consideration with himself, "in brushing awa' the fawse breath o' scandal, when it passes my way.
But he soon saw what it meant, and at once began to find positive amusement in the scandal. He listened with pleasure, so that he longed to laugh and laugh .
Captain," she pattered all at once, like peas dropping, speaking Russian confidently, though with a strong German accent, "and no sort of scandal, and his honour came drunk, and it's the whole truth I am telling, Mr.
"If there is a scandal in your honourable house once again, I will put you yourself in the lock-up, as it is called in polite society.
"There was a scandal the other day in a restaurant, too.
Even if the money had been given merely to make him hold his tongue about the scandal of Bulstrode's earlier life, the fact threw an odious light on Lydgate, who had long been sneered at as making himself subservient to the banker for the sake of working himself into predominance, and discrediting the elder members of his profession.
Even the more definite scandal concerning Bulstrode's earlier life was, for some minds, melted into the mass of mystery, as so much lively metal to be poured out in dialogue, and to take such fantastic shapes as heaven pleased.
And I again call upon you to enter into satisfactory explanations concerning the scandals against you, or else to withdraw from posts in which we at any rate decline you as a colleague.
But when the scandal broke out, nobody believed they were strangers.
Catherick the same night when the scandal broke out, and the next morning he took himself off."
"I have managed to avoid all danger of scandal," Julian answered; the expression of distress in his face becoming more and more marked while he spoke.
Margot Backus's consummate achievement is a book rife with scandal to which not the merest breath of scandal can be attached.