[ skan-dl-ahyz ]
/ ˈskæn dlˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), scan·dal·ized, scan·dal·iz·ing.

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, scan·dal·ise.

Origin of scandalize

1480–90; < Late Latin scandalizāre < Late Greek skandalízein. See scandal, -ize

Related forms

scan·dal·i·za·tion, nounscan·dal·iz·er, nounun·scan·dal·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scandalize



/ (ˈskændəˌlaɪz) /


(tr) to shock, as by improper behaviour

Derived Forms

scandalization or scandalisation, nounscandalizer or scandaliser, noun
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