Definition of scandalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskandlˌīz/


[with object]
1Shock or horrify (someone) by a real or imagined violation of propriety or morality: their lack of manners scandalized their hosts
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
shock, appall, outrage, horrify, disgust, revolt, repel, sicken;
offend, give offense to, affront, insult;
cause raised eyebrows
2 Sailing Reduce the area of (a fore-and-aft sail) by lowering the head or raising the boom.
Mid 19th century: alteration of obsolete scantelize, from scantle 'make small'



Pronunciation: /ˌskandl-əˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • I agree with Oxblog's point but feel it should be extended beyond the world of documentaries for the scandalization of earnest middle-class undergraduates.


Example sentences
  • What has changed about Washington that allows a serial scandalizer to hold onto his job?


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

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