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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His father has been scandalising us for years, despite repeated attempts to muzzle him.’
    • ‘Some people of the old guard are still scandalised by public kissing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Worse still, we seem to have fixed upon a great many varieties that scandalise me.’
    • ‘When I came to pick up the order, I was scandalized by the seemingly outrageous price and refused to accept them.’
    • ‘Not only did Jesus scandalize these leaders by the company he kept, he went so far as to openly confront their hypocrisy.’
    • ‘This profession scandalizes her mother, a member of the local gentry, a class slightly above that of most of the people Enid cares for.’
    • ‘How about you pick something else to scandalize him with?’
    • ‘A person of weak morals would have gone out to scandalise his colleagues even on matters he agreed with.’
    • ‘It found him in contempt of court, and found that he had attempted to scandalise the Family Court.’
    • ‘Australia's continuing loss of defence capability would scandalise the Australian people if the whole truth were to be revealed.’
    • ‘Such people are scandalized by the existence of two entirely homosexual city quarters in San Francisco.’
    • ‘The visitors were scandalized by the chastisements imposed by the French upon their children.’
    • ‘The preacher's adulteries scandalize the Scripture-reading congregation of Zion Hope.’
    • ‘Jesus scandalized people by speaking God's law in his own name.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was scandalised by her moral stand on political issues.’
    • ‘The people in the town liked to pay attention to made up stories that would ‘simply scandalize the neighbors!’’
    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/