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 Though Ratzinger was initially more liberal, he was scandalized by reform protests in the late 1960s, which led him to adopt a more conservative approach around the time Introduction to Christianity was published. Lydia Wang,, "Is The Middle Way In The New Pope Based On A Real Book? Kinda," 11 Jan. 2020 Long before there were jockstraps, codpieces scandalized the world in both art and life. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Detroit Exhibit Celebrates Bruegel’s ‘The Wedding Dance’ and Its Controversial Codpieces," 13 Dec. 2019 Emojis and insults and near-threats keep coming until poor, scandalized Don has to close his laptop and scoot away, as if on the run from a feral creature poised to bite. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Experiments with Context in “Betrayal” and “Eureka Day”," 9 Sep. 2019 When the basis for their employment by the Parks is revealed to be nepotism, a mainstay of elite consolidation, the news media and their audiences are scandalized. Bo Seo, The Atlantic, "Parasite and the Curse of Closeness," 22 Oct. 2019 Cardinal Torquemada would have been ashamed of our prisons, Cardinal Richelieu scandalized by our indifference, Nero embarrassed by our luxury. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "This Pilgrim Republic," 28 Nov. 2019 Now, after weeks of scandalizing coverage, the San Diego Union-Tribune has published a piece addressing the allegations in Buhr’s speech, showing that preliminary investigations suggest her remarks were largely unfounded. Piper Mcdaniel, Los Angeles Times, "Teen’s accusations in viral valedictorian speech may have been unfounded, report says," 19 July 2019 It’s day 11 on Lairo tribe, and Elaine is absolutely scandalized. Stephen Fishbach,, "Survivor Recap: World War Z Breaks Out at Lairo," 16 Oct. 2019 When Claribel and Etta Cone first encountered Henri Matisse’s work, they—like much of the art establishment—were scandalized by his bold use of color and expressive brush strokes. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Baltimore Museum of Art, Home to Largest Matisse Collection, Will Open Center Dedicated to Artist," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of scandalize

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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27 Jan 2020

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“Scandalize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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to assert without proof or before proving

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