1. Offense caused or experienced; reproach or reprobation called forth by what is regarded as wrong, criminal, heinous, or flagrant: opprobrium or disgrace. O, what a scandal is it to our crown, That two such noble peers as ye should jar! (Shak) [I] have brought scandal To Israel, diffidence of god, and doubt In feeble hearts. (milton)
Synonym: Defamation, detraction, slander, calumny, opprobrium, reproach, shame, disgrace.
Origin: F. Scandale, fr. L. Scandalum, Gr, a snare laid for an enemy, a stumbling block, offense, scandal: cf. OE. Scandle, OF. Escandle. See Slander.