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.

Nearby words

  1. scand,
  2. scand.,
  3. scandal,
  4. scandal sheet,
  5. scandalise,
  6. scandalmonger,
  7. scandalous,
  8. scandaroon,
  9. scandent,
  10. scanderbeg

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scandalize




(tr) to shock, as by improper behaviour
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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