Scandal

means properly a pitfall or snare laid for an enemy; hence a stumbling-block, and morally an aspersion. (Greek, skandalon.)

“We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a [scandal].” - 1 Cor. i. 23.

The Hill of scandal
So Milton calls the Mount of Olives, because King Solomon built thereon “an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab; and for Moloch, the abomination of the children of Ammon” (1 Kings xi. 7).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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