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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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Historical Examples

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

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905


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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for scandalize



  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 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.

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