Wa·ter·gate (wôtĕr-gāt′, wŏtər-)
A series of scandals occurring during the Nixon administration in which members of the executive branch organized illegal political espionage against their perceived opponents and were charged with violation of the public trust, bribery, contempt of Congress, and attempted obstruction of justice.
[After Watergate, a building complex in Washington, DC, the site of a burglary (1972) that gave rise to the scandals.]
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