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"scandal" in British English

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scandalnoun

uk   /ˈskæn.dəl/  us   /ˈskæn.dəl/
B2 [C or U] (an ​action or ​event that ​causes) a ​publicfeeling of ​shock and ​strongmoraldisapproval: a ​financial/​political/sex scandal Their ​affair caused/​created a scandal in the ​office. The scandal broke (= ​becamepublicknowledge)right at the ​beginning of the ​Conservative Party Conference. If there is the ​slightest suggestion/​hint of scandal, the ​public will no ​longertrust us.
[U] reports about ​actions or ​events that ​causeshock and ​disapproval: Some ​magazinescontain nothing but scandal and ​gossip. to ​spread scandal
[S] a ​situation that is ​extremelybad: [+ (that)] It's a scandal (that)children are ​treated in this way.

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(Definition of scandal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scandal" in American English

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scandalnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈskæn·dəl/
an ​action or ​event that is ​consideredimmoral, causing the ​public to ​react with ​shock or ​anger: [C] People ​withdrewtheirmoney from ​bankscaught up in the scandal.
scandalous
adjective  us   /ˈskæn·dəl·əs/
She has a ​reputation for ​spreading scandalous ​gossip.
(Definition of scandal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"scandal" in Business English

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scandalnoun

uk   us   /ˈskændəl/
[C or U] an ​action or ​event that shocks ​people and makes them ​feel disapproval: cause/create (a) scandal The politician's ​behaviour caused a scandal.a scandal breaks/erupts When the ​subprimeloan scandal ​broke, the ​value of ​housesfell. He still gets ​paid, despite ​leaving under a cloud of scandal. be ​caught up/involved in a scandal a financial/mis-selling/​corruption scandal
[U] reports about ​actions or ​events that cause shock and disapproval: There was gossip and scandal, but it never affected his ​businessdealings.
it's a scandal
used for saying that you ​think a ​situation is very ​bad and should not be ​allowed or ​accepted: It's a scandal that ​employees could be ​treated in this way.
(Definition of scandal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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