scan·​dal·​ize | \ ˈskan-də-ˌlīz How to pronounce scandalize (audio) \
scandalized; scandalizing

Definition of scandalize

transitive verb

1 : to offend the moral sense of : shock She was scandalized by his behavior.
2 archaic : to speak falsely or maliciously of
3 archaic : to bring into reproach

Examples of scandalize in a Sentence

She was scandalized by her son's behavior.
Recent Examples on the Web Rather than bridging the divide, discussions at school board meetings scandalize children by showing their parents at their worst. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Feb. 2022 Here’s a way to scandalize your guests at your holiday party: Serve them boxed wine. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 An entirely new class of rich, entitled teens matriculates in HBO Max's new Gossip Girl, with fresh dramas and storylines engineered to scandalize a 2021 audience. Fawnia Soo Hoo,, 7 July 2021 Simply posing these questions may well scandalize her other officers and may well be anathema in the era of Blue Lives Matter (a movement Brooks does not mention). Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic, 25 May 2021 While living in Berlin, in order to scandalize Karl and his bourgeois friends, Walser enrolled in a butlers training school and briefly worked for a prominent German baron. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 21 May 2021 Since the beginning of popular music, rock stars have often invoked Satan as a surefire way to scandalize parents and freak out the squares. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 1 Apr. 2021 Artists and designers have been having their own private cocktail party conversation for as long as there has been a modern fashion industry, together dreaming up elaborate confections to delight, and sometimes scandalize, their collectors. Lola Ogunnaike, Town & Country, 15 Oct. 2020 Hartman pushes past the social workers, psychologists and scandalized moralists standing in our way to reveal the women for the first time, individual and daring. New York Times, 5 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of scandalize

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Scandalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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