- Now Rare to slander; defame
- to shock or outrage the moral feelings of; offend by some improper or unconventional conduct; shock
Origin of scandalizeLate Middle English scandalyzen ; from Old French scandaliser ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin scandalizare ; from Ecclesiastical Greek skandalizein, to make stumble, give offense ; from skandalon: see scandal
transitive verbscan·dal·ized, scan·dal·iz·ing, scan·dal·iz·es
- To offend the moral sensibilities of: a lurid incident that scandalized the whole town.
- Archaic To dishonor; disgrace.
(third-person singular simple present scandalizes, present participle scandalizing, simple past and past participle scandalized)