Main definitions of scandalize in English

: scandalize1scandalize2

scandalize1

(also scandalise)

verb

[with object]
  • Shock or horrify (someone) by a real or imagined violation of propriety or morality.

    ‘their lack of manners scandalized their hosts’
    • ‘The visitors were scandalized by the chastisements imposed by the French upon their children.’
    • ‘Worse still, we seem to have fixed upon a great many varieties that scandalise me.’
    • ‘He was scandalised by her moral stand on political issues.’
    • ‘One of my earliest convictions in becoming Catholic is that the Faith scandalizes us (different people in different ways) and that the scandal is a judgment on us, not on the Faith.’
    • ‘Jesus scandalized people by speaking God's law in his own name.’
    • ‘The people in the town liked to pay attention to made up stories that would ‘simply scandalize the neighbors!’’
    • ‘It found him in contempt of court, and found that he had attempted to scandalise the Family Court.’
    • ‘Such people are scandalized by the existence of two entirely homosexual city quarters in San Francisco.’
    • ‘Australia's continuing loss of defence capability would scandalise the Australian people if the whole truth were to be revealed.’
    • ‘When I came to pick up the order, I was scandalized by the seemingly outrageous price and refused to accept them.’
    • ‘Some people of the old guard are still scandalised by public kissing.’
    • ‘How about you pick something else to scandalize him with?’
    • ‘As a youth he had scandalized his family by studying medicine, and had published at Rome, at great expense, a treatise on the difficulty of belching while lying down.’
    • ‘She decided that on a day where she was not quite as tired, she would be her normal self and attempt to scandalize the prince.’
    • ‘Unable to resist scandalising his guests still further, Hunter then delivered his pièce de résistance.’
    • ‘This profession scandalizes her mother, a member of the local gentry, a class slightly above that of most of the people Enid cares for.’
    • ‘His father has been scandalising us for years, despite repeated attempts to muzzle him.’
    • ‘The preacher's adulteries scandalize the Scripture-reading congregation of Zion Hope.’
    • ‘A person of weak morals would have gone out to scandalise his colleagues even on matters he agreed with.’
    • ‘Not only did Jesus scandalize these leaders by the company he kept, he went so far as to openly confront their hypocrisy.’
    shock, appal, outrage, horrify, disgust, revolt, repel, sicken, nauseate
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Origin

Late 15th century (in the sense ‘make a public scandal of’): from French scandaliser or ecclesiastical Latin scandalizare, from Greek skandalizein.

Pronunciation

scandalize

/ˈskand(ə)lʌɪz/

Main definitions of scandalize in English

: scandalize1scandalize2

scandalize2

(also scandalise)

verb

[with object]Sailing
  • Reduce the area of (a sail) by lowering the head or raising the boom.

Origin

Mid 19th century: alteration of obsolete scantelize, from scantle ‘make small’.

Pronunciation

scandalize

/ˈskand(ə)lʌɪz/