One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shock or horrify (someone) by a real or imagined violation of propriety or morality.‘their lack of manners scandalized their hosts’
shock, appal, outrage, horrify, disgust, revolt, repel, sicken, nauseateView synonyms
- ‘Jesus scandalized people by speaking God's law in his own name.’
- ‘How about you pick something else to scandalize him with?’
- ‘His father has been scandalising us for years, despite repeated attempts to muzzle him.’
- ‘He was scandalised by her moral stand on political issues.’
- ‘This profession scandalizes her mother, a member of the local gentry, a class slightly above that of most of the people Enid cares for.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It found him in contempt of court, and found that he had attempted to scandalise the Family Court.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A person of weak morals would have gone out to scandalise his colleagues even on matters he agreed 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.’
- ‘When I came to pick up the order, I was scandalized by the seemingly outrageous price and refused to accept them.’
- ‘Unable to resist scandalising his guests still further, Hunter then delivered his pièce de résistance.’
- ‘The preacher's adulteries scandalize the Scripture-reading congregation of Zion Hope.’
- ‘Worse still, we seem to have fixed upon a great many varieties that scandalise me.’
- ‘Some people of the old guard are still scandalised by public kissing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The people in the town liked to pay attention to made up stories that would ‘simply scandalize the neighbors!’’
- ‘The visitors were scandalized by the chastisements imposed by the French upon their children.’
- ‘Not only did Jesus scandalize these leaders by the company he kept, he went so far as to openly confront their hypocrisy.’
Late 15th century (in the sense ‘make a public scandal of’): from French scandaliser or ecclesiastical Latin scandalizare, from Greek skandalizein.
Reduce the area of (a sail) by lowering the head or raising the boom.
Mid 19th century: alteration of obsolete scantelize, from scantle ‘make small’.
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