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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
  • Come inside this minute, before you scandalize my neighbors, she exclaimed.

  • But is it not creating a disturbance to scandalize all good Christians?

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • Ma heart's no' so saft as to permit a bit dog to scandalize the deid.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • He chuckled beside me and, as if only to scandalize me, let his tongue run wilder yet.

    The Trawler James Brendan Connolly
  • By omission of duties, and by silence: by all these ways you may scandalize.

  • These are strange profanations, which scandalize even the least devout.

  • But, in addition, to scandalize me before the world––oh, how could you?

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • The others are too dissolute, and scandalize me by their love affairs and their quarrels.

    Marguerite de Valois Alexandre Dumas
  • This saying ought not to scandalize even the most devout theist.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • If they yelp much longer at my heels, I'll scandalize them in good earnest!

    Audrey Mary Johnston
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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