scandalize


scandalize

verb (used with object), scan·dal·ized, scan·dal·iz·ing.

  1. to shock or horrify by something considered immoral or improper.
  2. Nautical. to spill the wind from or reduce the exposed area of (a sail) in an unusual manner.

verb

  1. (tr) to shock, as by improper behaviour

v.late 15c., from Middle French scandaliser (12c.), from Church Latin scandalizare, from late Greek skandalizein “to make to stumble; tempt; give offense to (someone),” from skandalon (see scandal). Originally “make a public scandal of;” sense of “shock by doing something improper” first recorded 1640s. Dryden and Shakespeare use simple scandal as a verb. Related: Scandalized; scandalizing; scandalization.

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