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scandalize

[skan-dl-ahyz]
verb (used with object), scan·dal·ized, scan·dal·iz·ing.
  1. to shock or horrify by something considered immoral or improper.
  2. Nautical. to spill the wind from or reduce the exposed area of (a sail) in an unusual manner.
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Also especially British, scan·dal·ise.

Origin of scandalize

1480–90; < Late Latin scandalizāre < Late Greek skandalízein. See scandal, -ize
Related formsscan·dal·i·za·tion, nounscan·dal·iz·er, nounun·scan·dal·ized, adjective
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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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for scandalise

scandalize

scandalise

verb
  1. (tr) to shock, as by improper behaviour
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Derived Formsscandalization or scandalisation, nounscandalizer or scandaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for scandalise

v.

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

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scandalize

v.

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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