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scandal

noun uk   us   /ˈskæn.dəl/
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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