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[skan-dl-ahyz] /ˈskæn dlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), scandalized, scandalizing.
to shock or horrify by something considered immoral or improper.
Nautical. to spill the wind from or reduce the exposed area of (a sail) in an unusual manner.
Also, especially British, scandalise.
1480-90; < Late Latin scandalizāre < Late Greek skandalízein. See scandal, -ize
Related forms
scandalization, noun
scandalizer, noun
unscandalized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scandalize
  • In fact, he seems to have gone out of his way to scandalize and offend the local people.
  • These, if not suppressed, easily scandalize and injure those who are witnesses of them.
  • Any behavior that tends to disturb the public peace or decorum, scandalize the community, or shock the public sense of morality.
  • The prime object now is not to scandalize but to establish firmly a merchant marine.
British Dictionary definitions for scandalize


(transitive) to shock, as by improper behaviour
Derived Forms
scandalization, scandalisation, noun
scandalizer, scandaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for scandalize

late 15c., from Middle French scandaliser (12c.), from Church Latin scandalizare, from late Greek skandalizein "to make to stumble; tempt; give offense to (someone)," from skandalon (see scandal). Originally "make a public scandal of;" sense of "shock by doing something improper" first recorded 1640s. Dryden and Shakespeare use simple scandal as a verb. Related: Scandalized; scandalizing; scandalization.

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