scandalize

verb
scan·dal·ize | \ˈskan-də-ˌlīz \
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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Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, "Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes," 17 June 2018 Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, "Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes," 17 June 2018 Consider the case of the 15th-century Florentine painter Fra Fillippo Lippi, who scandalized his contemporaries by running off with a nun who had been modeling for him as a Madonna. Lee Siegel, WSJ, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Great Father," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of scandalize

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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scandalize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scandalize

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

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