100 words associated with political scandal

The vocabulary of political corruption. Its mastery is a must for political journalists.


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  1. accusation

    an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence
  2. acolyte

    a devoted follower or assistant
  3. allegation

    a formal accusation against somebody
  4. alliance

    the state of being confederated
  5. anonymity

    the state of being unknown
  6. aspiration

    a cherished desire
  7. assail

    attack someone physically or emotionally
  8. authoritarian

    characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule
  9. bamboozle

    conceal one's true motives from
  10. beleaguer

    annoy persistently
  11. benefit

    something that aids or promotes well-being
  12. blame

    an accusation that one is responsible for some misdeed
  13. bribe

    payment made to corrupt a person in a position of trust
  14. cadre

    a nucleus of military personnel capable of expansion
  15. career

    the particular occupation for which you are trained
  16. chicanery

    the use of tricks to deceive someone
  17. claim

    assert or affirm strongly
  18. coercion

    using force to cause something to occur
  19. collaboration

    act of working jointly
  20. conceal

    prevent from being seen or discovered
  21. confidence

    belief in yourself and your abilities
  22. control

    power to direct or determine
  23. corruption

    use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
  24. coterie

    an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
  25. covert

    secret or hidden
  26. debacle

    a sudden and complete disaster
  27. deception

    a misleading falsehood
  28. defamation

    an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
  29. deficit

    the property of being less than expected or required
  30. deflect

    turn from a straight course or fixed direction
  31. demagogue

    a leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions
  32. denigrate

    attack the good name and reputation of someone
  33. deny

    declare untrue; contradict
  34. dictatorship

    a form of government in which the ruler is unconstrained
  35. embezzlement

    the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property
  36. empire

    the domain ruled by a single authoritative sovereign
  37. endorsement

    the act of approving
  38. engagement

    a meeting arranged in advance
  39. expose

    show; make visible or apparent
  40. extortion

    unjust exaction, as by the misuse of authority
  41. feud

    a bitter quarrel between two parties
  42. fiasco

    a complete failure or collapse
  43. fray

    wear away by rubbing
  44. furor

    an interest followed with exaggerated zeal
  45. gain

  46. greedy

    immoderately desirous of acquiring something
  47. hypocrisy

    pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not have
  48. ignorant

    uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication
  49. illegal

    prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
  50. illicit

    contrary to accepted morality or convention
  51. impunity

    exemption from punishment or loss
  52. incident

    a single distinct event
  53. influence

    a power to affect persons or events
  54. infringement

    an act that disregards an agreement or a right
  55. integrity

    an undivided or unbroken completeness with nothing wanting
  56. intimidation

    the act of scaring a weaker person to make them do something
  57. irresponsible

    showing lack of care for consequences
  58. laconic

    brief and to the point
  59. lobby

    a large entrance or reception room or area
  60. malfeasance

    wrongful conduct by a public official
  61. manipulate

    influence or control shrewdly or deviously
  62. massive

    containing a great quantity of matter
  63. mendacity

    the tendency to be untruthful
  64. mercurial

    liable to sudden unpredictable change
  65. obscure

    not clearly understood or expressed
  66. onerous

    burdensome or difficult to endure
  67. opportunist

    a person who places expediency above principle
  68. parry

    impede the movement of
  69. partial

    being or affecting only a segment
  70. patriarchy

    a form of social organization in which men hold power
  71. patronage

    the business given to an establishment by its customers
  72. persecution

    causing someone to suffer
  73. plagiarism

    taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
  74. plutocracy

    a political system governed by the wealthy people
  75. prestidigitation

    manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
  76. privilege

    a special advantage or benefit not enjoyed by all
  77. proxy

    a person authorized to act for another
  78. rebut

    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  79. reckless

    marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
  80. recrimination

    mutual accusations
  81. refute

    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  82. regime

    the governing authority of a political unit
  83. reputation

    the general estimation that the public has for a person
  84. resignation

    the act of giving up, as a claim or office or possession
  85. retaliation

    action taken in return for an injury or offense
  86. revelation

    the act of making something evident
  87. saga

    a narrative telling the adventures of a hero or a family
  88. scandal

    a disgraceful event
  89. scandalous

    giving offense to moral sensibilities
  90. scapegoat

    someone who is punished for the errors of others
  91. sloth

    a disinclination to work or exert yourself
  92. solicit

    request urgently or persistently
  93. subterfuge

    something intended to misrepresent the nature of an activity
  94. tainted

    touched by rot or decay
  95. tarnish

    make or become dirty or spotty
  96. temptation

    the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire
  97. tycoon

    a very wealthy or powerful businessperson
  98. unethical

    not conforming to approved standards of social behavior
  99. unjust

    not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception
  100. unsavory

    morally offensive
Created on September 9, 2012
(updated September 10, 2012)