SCAN'DAL, n. [L. scandalum; Gr. In Greek, this word signifies a stumbling block, something against which a person impinges, or which causes him to fall.]

1. Offense given by the faults of another.

His lustful orgies he enlarg'd even to the hill of scandal.

[In this sense, we now generally use offense.]

2. Reproachful aspersion; opprobrious censure; defamatory speech or report; something uttered which is false and injurious to reputation.

My known virtue is from scandal free.

3. Shame; reproach; disgrace. Such is the perverted state of the human mind that some of the most heinous crimes bring little scandal upon the offender.

SCAN'DAL, v.t.

1. To treat opprobriously; to defame; to asperse; to traduce; to blacken character.

I do fawn on men, and hug them hard, and after scandal them. [Little used.]

2. To scandalize; to offend. [Not used.]