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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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They wanted some institution free and loose in society -- even a rumor-ridden, scandal-mongering, gossip-plauged, partisan, political press.
For PC users looking for somewhat un-PC fare, Disney will also debut ``Desperate Housewives: The Game,'' for a little simulated back-stabbing and scandal-mongering.
The market for serious news is shrinking and scandal-mongering along with the bloggers mad partisan news outlets may appear to the more respectable media as the only way to bring it back.
ALL that scandal-mongering looks like it might finally have dented Brand Beckham.
The Bush administration also enjoys broader leeway because it is free of the "vast right-wing conspiracy"--the subsidized scandal-mongering, talk radio, and attack journalism that has no equivalent on the left to fetishize White's travails as conservatives did those of Vince Foster and Webster Hubbell.
Spirited to New York City, the well-intentioned doofus instantly becomes Gotham's most eligible bachelor as well as the target of the scandal-mongering TV show "Inside Access," whose shameless host and boss, Mac McGrath (Jared Harris), sends his babelicious reporter, Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder), "undercover" to get the goods on the maladroit Mandrakian.
While his words at her funeral understandably did not address the current sorry state of the news business in this day of mass media mergers, bottom-line mentality, cheapness and playing to the lowest common denominator, of gossip and scandal-mongering, implicitly they spoke to that condition.
In 1994 Philippe Alexandre, the journalist who revealed the existence of President Mitterand's daughter, implied that this French tradition was threatened by increasing anglicization and that papers such as the German-owned Voici had given new life to the scandal-mongering press (La Croix, 5 November 1994, p.
Thirty years of scandal-mongering on the part of the media had taught the politicians themselves that the more formidable their political foes, the more necessary it was to try to dislodge them with allegations of criminal behavior.
The School for Scandal,'' Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th-century comedy of character assassination and romance, needs its straight arrows as desperately as it requires its scandal-mongering fops.
Mr Freedman described how 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.
It's scandal-mongering of the worst kind, and for the television to be doing that is appalling.