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scandal

noun aspersion, attaint, bad name, bad repptation, bad repute, baseness, brand, censure, damaging report, dedecoration, defamation, degradation, disapproval, discredit, disesteem, disgrace, disrepute, humiliation, ignominy, ill repute, infamy, ingloriousness, loss of honor, loss of reputation, malicious gossip, notoriety, obloquy, odium, opprobrium, reproach, shame, slur, stain, stigma, taint, talk, tarnish, tarnished honor, vilification
Associated concepts: defamatory reports, deformatory rumors
See also: defamation, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, ignominy, infamy, notoriety, odium, opprobrium, shame, slander

SCANDAL. A scandalous verbal report or rumor respecting some person.
     2. The remedy is an action on the case.
     3. In chancery practice, when a bill or other pleading contains scandal, it will be referred to a master to be expunged, and till this has been done, the opposite party need not answer. 3 Bl. Com. 342. Nothing is considered scandalous which is positively relevant to the cause, however harsh and gross the charge may be. The degree of relevancy is not deemed material. Coop. Eq. Pl. 19; 2 Ves. 24; 6 Ves. 514, 11 Ves. 626; 15 Ves. 477; Story Eq. Plo. Sec. 269 Vide Impertinent.

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But neither a woman's reputation, if attacked by vicious rumor and scandal-mongering or even a man's false word, nor a woman's rights under the legal code, could be repudiated or upheld by the defenses available to men.
The paper, elPeriodico, sets itself slightly apart from the others with the column El Peladero, a scandal-mongering column that publishes unsubstantiated rumor in a take-no-prisoners style, where stories involving powerful people sometimes turn up.
Nevertheless, the scandal-mongering and recriminations over missed pension premium payments has obscured deliberations on the pension reform, which is supposed to be the real agenda.
Mr Freedman said one of the "most heinous" matters within the community was gossip or scandal-mongering as Jewish law and ethics understood how devastating these could be.
Bukdahl's rich and nuanced analysis recognizes the pivotal role of the Corsair affair and the scandal-mongering journalism in the ten issues of The Moment, two events that seem mysterious to readers who locate Kierkegaard within the coteries of culture.
Fortunately for the integrity of racing, such scandal-mongering falls on stony ground in these parts, so we can rest easy that the weighing room is so unencumbered by extra-curricular financial interest that it positively squeaks.
Throughout these controversies, Blumenthal not only continued to write admiringly of Clinton, with whom he had developed a professional friendship over the last half-dozen years; he also chided his scandal-mad colleagues--as he had since 1988, when a prowling press forced Gary Hart from the presidential race for marital infidelity--for descending into sexual scandal-mongering.
Ever wonder why long-term care seems to be such an "out there" topic-- why American society (other than scandal-mongering journalists) seems to find it so difficult to take seriously?
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So when the New York Post ran a front-page picture of the Twin Towers and a headline that blared "Bush Knew," it was the most irresponsible kind of scandal-mongering.
Our political campaigns have become a sewer, in which negative ads and scandal-mongering have replaced serious discussion of beliefs and policies.