scandalize

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin scandalizō, from Ancient Greek σκανδαλίζω (skandalízō); synchronically analyzable as scandal +‎ -ize

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scandalize (third-person singular simple present scandalizes, present participle scandalizing, simple past and past participle scandalized)

  1. (transitive) To cause great offense to (someone).
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit, Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.
  2. (transitive) To reproach.
  3. (transitive) To disgrace.
  4. (transitive) To libel.

Etymology 2[edit]

From scantle.

Verb[edit]

scandalize (third-person singular simple present scandalizes, present participle scandalizing, simple past and past participle scandalized)

  1. (nautical) To reduce the area and efficiency of a sail by expedient means (e.g. slacking the peak and tricing up the tack) without properly reefing, thus slowing boat speed.