- 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.
Origin of scandalize
Examples from the Web for scandalise
The Cluniac was a man of the world whom no confidences could scandalise.The Path of the King
Long Jack loved to scandalise the town by his eccentricities.
Nothing that she did could scandalise or make him angry any more.The History of David Grieve
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Papa is not going to scandalise his nursery with old-world gossip, nor bring a blush over our chaste bread-and-butter.The Virginians
William Makepeace Thackeray
I fear, reverend sir, that you will see much here that will scandalise you; much lightness and indecorum.The Lancashire Witches
William Harrison Ainsworth
- (tr) to shock, as by improper behaviour
Word Origin and History for scandalise
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.