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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 scandalise
Historical Examples
  • The Cluniac was a man of the world whom no confidences could scandalise.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • 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
  • Lady Cowper and her family go to church, but scandalise the congregation by always arriving half an hour too late.

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
  • It would be these larvæ of the other world who give the messages which disconcert when they do not scandalise us.

  • Then youll be so good, my dear, as to confound—it mightnt be amiss even a little to scandalise—that opinion.

    The Two Magics Henry James
  • He would favour Protestants as much as Roman Catholics—and scandalise the narrow-minded community.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • His contract does not permit him to travel in company with ladies, nor may he scandalise the community in which he resides.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for scandalise


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

chiefly British English spelling of scandalize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Scandalised; scandalising.



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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