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 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, "Louis Vuitton Returns to the Art World for Its Latest Statement Handbag," 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, "Times Critics’ Top Books of 2019," 5 Dec. 2019 Such talk likely would have scandalized Mugabe, who was openly disdainful of the drug. Washington Post, "A Zimbabwe Spring? New leader embraces surprising freedoms," 6 May 2018 After getting caught in the act, Farak was sent to prison for over five years, but the implications of her tampering scandalized the justice system and threw numerous convictions into question. Scott Tobias, New York Times, "The Best Movies and TV Shows New on Netflix Canada in April," 30 Mar. 2020 It’s tongue-in-cheek moments like this one that have scandalized the deeply religious South American country, which counts among its population over 120 million Catholics, more than anywhere else in the world. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "‘Gay Jesus’ and a weed-smoking Mary: Brazilian Christmas parody on Netflix slammed for ‘blasphemy’," 17 Dec. 2019 With nearly 130 works, this show demonstrates why Mr. Park, at age 38, decisively moved away from abstraction to figuration, and then stuck with painting people for the rest of his life (somewhat scandalizing the on-trend artists of the day). New York Times, "Spring Shows to Keep Art Lovers Busy," 10 Mar. 2020 Republicans reacted with scandalized outrage at the idea that senators who didn't vote the party line would be attacked by GOP hacks, only to sit quietly when Romney received a torrent of abuse for exactly that. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "American democracy is dying," 7 Feb. 2020 Such a procedure should not scandalize anyone in our time. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "How to Read “Gilgamesh”," 7 Oct. 2019

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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 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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