Learner's definition of SCANDAL
1 : an occurrence in which people are shocked and upset because of behavior that is morally or legally wrong
There was a major scandal involving the mayor's ties with the Mob.
Government officials were caught in an embezzlement scandal.
Her behavior caused a scandal at school.
a drug/sex scandal
2 [noncount] : talk about the shocking or immoral things that people have done or are believed to have done 3 [singular] : something that is shocking, upsetting, or unacceptable