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A scandal is a widely publicized incident involving allegations of wrong-doing, disgrace, or moral outrage. A scandal may be based on reality, or the product of false allegations, or a mixture of both.


Some scandals are broken by a whistle-blower revealing wrongdoing within an organization or a group. Falsely alleged scandals can lead to a witch-hunt against the innocent. Sometimes an attempt to cover up a scandal ignites a greater scandal when the cover-up fails. Classes of scandals include: A whistleblower is someone in an organization who witnesses behavior by members that is either contrary to the mission of the organization, or threatening to the public interest, and who decides to speak out publicly about it. ... A witch-hunt is a search for suspected witches; it is a type of moral panic. ... When a scandal breaks, the discovery of an attempt to cover up the evidence of wrongdoing is often regarded as even more scandalous than the original deeds. ...

America in the 1950s was swept by a wave of quiz show scandals. Another major type of scandal is a corporate scandal, especially corporate accounting scandals. A wave of corporate accounting scandals swept United States companies in 2002 (see accounting scandals of 2002). A political scandal is a scandal in which politicians engage in various illegal or unethical practices. ... A sex scandal is a scandal in which a public figure becomes embroiled in a situation where embarrassing sexual activities (or allegations of them) are publicized. ... An academic scandal is one that exposes the unethical or erroneous work of a major academic figure. ... This is a list of major sporting scandals: Black Sox scandal Pete Rose gambling on baseball - Dowd Report Drug abuse in sports - Ben Johnson, BALCO College basketball point shaving scandals Olympic Games scandals IOC bribery Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan incident Robert Hoyzer - match fixing in German football Categories: Stub... Both the Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games have been marred by various incidents and scandals. ... America is usually meant as either: The United States of America. ... // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby-boom from returning... The American quiz show scandals of the 1950s were the result of the revelation that contestants of several popular television quiz shows were secretly given assistance by the producers to arrange the outcome of a supposed competition. ... A corporate scandal is a scandal involving unethical behavior on the part of a company. ... Accountancy (British English) or accounting (American English) is the process of maintaining, auditing, and processing financial information for business purposes. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In 2002, a wave of accounting scandals broke in the fraud, and a series of investigations have been launched by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. ...


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scandal: Definition, Synonyms and Much More from Answers.com (1096 words)
Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.
In the case of scandal, as in that of robbery, the receiver is always thought as bad as the thief.
Some scandals are broken by a whistle-blower revealing wrongdoing within an organization or a group.
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