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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For his debut collection for the house, Lagerfeld injected a dose of raciness, sending out a translucent navy chiffon number that prompted scandalized headlines. Thomas Adamson And Samuel Petrequin,, "Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel dies in Paris," 19 Feb. 2019 Kylie has never done her makeup intoxicated, and Khloe is scandalized. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Actually, Watching Kylie Jenner & Khloé Kardashian Get Drunk and Try to Do Makeup Is Hilarious," 9 Aug. 2019 One town where Schiele took up residence was so scandalized by the artist’s reported practice of enlisting teenagers to model for him that its citizens drove him out. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Drawing Found in Thrift Store Turns Out to Be an Original Egon Schiele," 26 July 2019 Since then, the organization has been beset by allegations of plagiarism and scandalized by related fraud. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Justin Sun postpones his lunch with Warren Buffett after falling under investigation in China," 23 July 2019 Fortunately for all the children scandalized by this brutal crime, MLB’s punishment for Cabrera was swift: a four-game suspension, as it was deemed that one of the gloves hit Eddings in the ankle, thus requiring a lengthy ban. Jon Tayler,, "Mickey Callaway Should Have Been Fired for Reporter Confrontation," 25 June 2019 The event became scandalized, drawing attention not only from local media, including the Los Angeles Times, but even from national outlets. Piper Mcdaniel, Los Angeles Times, "Teen’s accusations in viral valedictorian speech may have been unfounded, report says," 19 July 2019 The German press was scandalized by this use of verboten vocabulary, and as a consequence the original Taz writer and two of the paper’s editors were sacked. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Death of Taboo," 27 June 2019 Its male protagonist, Mac, danced in diaphanous, see-through worker’s coveralls designed by Paul Cadmus, who had scandalized critics with overtly homoerotic work in the past. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "LGBT artists sent messages from the closet to survive before Stonewall. Now, homophobes are coopting the technique.," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of scandalize

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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