- 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.
Origin of scandalize
Related Words for scandalizeoffend, slander, defame, appall, displease, disgrace, blackball, asperse, malign, vilify, condemn, traduce, dishonor, lampoon, decry, disgust, libel, outrage, backbite, denigrate
Examples from the Web for scandalize
Historical Examples of scandalize
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
Ma heart's no' so saft as to permit a bit dog to scandalize the deid.Greyfriars Bobby
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.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
- (tr) to shock, as by improper behaviour
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.