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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.
Origin of scandalize
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
Historical Examples
  • This saying ought not to scandalize even the most devout theist.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • He chuckled beside me and, as if only to scandalize me, let his tongue run wilder yet.

    The Trawler James Brendan Connolly
  • Nothing could so much disturb and scandalize the world as such a sentiment.

  • By omission of duties, and by silence: by all these ways you may scandalize.

  • I had to visit the convent to arrange for quartering my men so as least to scandalize the sisters.

    The Chaplet of Pearls Charlotte M. Yonge
  • These are strange profanations, which scandalize even the least devout.

  • Also they employed winged words of such singular virulence and pungency as to scandalize even their own historian.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • We never started out in any high-browed manner to scandalize and Shelleyfy.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • We scandalize them and others, even by pleasing them, and by avoiding that which they falsely called scandalous.

  • They had learned to play there like two well-brought-up children, in pantomime, so as not to scandalize pious countryfolk.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for scandalize


(transitive) to shock, as by improper behaviour
Derived Forms
scandalization, scandalisation, noun
scandalizer, scandaliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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