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

Definition of scandalize

transitive verb

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

Examples of scandalize in a Sentence

She was scandalized by her son's behavior.

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But after the church asked a local workshop to give the statue a makeover, the results horrified the town’s authorities, scandalized professional restorers and set social media alight with indignation. Mark A. Walsh, New York Times, "A Botched Statue Restoration in Spain: Is That St. George or Tintin?," 26 June 2018 Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart paused for a snapshot on arrival; Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, whose steamy romance scandalized the U.S., posed on a Gritti balcony. Jean Bond Rafferty, Town & Country, "Dispatches from the Renaissance," 17 Dec. 2012 Where to watch: iTunes Yellow Submarine (1968) Much as children were scandalized that the Monkees didn’t (at first) play their own instruments, this kid-friendly intro-to-rock cartoon held a similar secret: Those aren’t the Beatles doing the voices. Jordan Hoffman, New York Times, "Where to Stream the Best, and the Most Ridiculous, of the Beatles on Film," 9 July 2018 Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Nicole Winfield,, "Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes," 17 June 2018 The replacement of scandalized finance chair Steve Wynn was an afterthought; on Friday, as was expected, Todd Ricketts replaced Wynn after a unanimous vote by members. David Weigel, Washington Post, "RNC says it raised $1.56 million from State of the Union fundraiser," 2 Feb. 2018 Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Nicole Winfield,, "Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes," 17 June 2018 Bardot plays Juliette, an 18-year-old orphan who works in a bookstore and scandalizes her hardworking foster mother with her willful, wanton ways. New York Times, "Beautiful People in European Villas: a Film Genre of Its Own," 15 May 2018 In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump team cannot get its story straight on separating migrant families," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of scandalize

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scandalize was in 1566

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English Language Learners Definition of scandalize

: to shock or offend (someone) by doing something immoral or illegal

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