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scandal

noun uk   /ˈskæn.dəl/ us  
B2 [C or U] (an action or event that causes) a public feeling of shock and strong moral disapproval: a financial/political/sex scandal Their affair caused/created a scandal in the office. The scandal broke (= became public knowledge) right at the beginning of the Conservative Party Conference. If there is the slightest suggestion/hint of scandal, the public will no longer trust us. [U] reports about actions or events that cause shock and disapproval: Some magazines contain nothing but scandal and gossip. to spread scandal [S] a situation that is extremely bad: [+ (that)] It's a scandal (that) children could be treated in this way.
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in Korean 스캔들, 추문…
in Arabic فَضيحة…
in French scandale, ragots…
in Turkish rezalet, kepazelik, skandal…
in Italian scandalo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 醜行, 醜聞, 震驚…
in Russian скандал…
in Polish skandal…
in Spanish escándalo, chisme, chismorreo…
in Portuguese escândalo…
in German der Skandal, üble Nachrede, der Klatsch…
in Catalan escàndol…
in Japanese スキャンダル, 醜聞…
in Chinese (Simplified) 丑行, 丑闻, 震惊…
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