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tr.v. scan·dal·ized, scan·dal·iz·ing, scan·dal·iz·es
1. To offend the moral sensibilities of: a lurid incident that scandalized the whole town.
2. Archaic To dishonor; disgrace.

scan′dal·i·za′tion (-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
scan′dal·iz′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scandalization - the condition of being shocked (as by improper behavior)
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
2.scandalization - the act of scandalizing
affront, insult - a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect; "turning his back on me was a deliberate insult"
References in classic literature ?
I thought you'd never come!" cried Amy, dropping the reins and holding out both hands, to the great scandalization of a French mamma, who hastened her daughter's steps, lest she should be demoralized by beholding the free manners of these `mad English'.
The narrative is therefore not devoid of perspective, but it veils the precise spatial arrangement of the items noted by the two visitors and overlays the clergymen's impressions and moral outrage by a narratorial medium that filters their consciousness through a highly elaborate rhetorical discourse: "every chair and table, every bookshelf against the wall, and every square in the carpet was as well known to each of them as their own bedrooms." This passage is not likely to be free indirect discourse, though the vocabulary of scandalization mimics the indignation experienced by the two guests.
For Wilson, a psycho-historical analysis of the collective European history reveals the following about the European cultural personality: (1) their colonization and rapacious exploitation of virtually all non-white peoples; (2) their scandalization and assassination of the character of Afrikan peoples; (3) their loosening of disease on vulnerable populations; (4) their development and use of weapons of mass destruction; and (5) their falsifying of the consciousness of the majority of the world (Wilson, 1990).
Among their topics are increased scandalization in Nordic politics, 1980-2010, ten commandments for the scandalization of political opponents, security scandals in the age of mediated war, when women have to apologize, whether mediated political scandals affect party popularity in Norway, and the marketplace of scandals.
Their sense that they were in the minority, as well as the fact that the issue was touchy in Vaud, led them to use scandalization as a mode of action.
The resignation of the EU Santer Commission in 1999 and of World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz in 2007 have shown that mechanisms of "scandalization," which are part and parcel of public accountability, can also function on the transnational level.
In this light, Bobbi's indignation and Melinda's confusion at William's growing obsession with the hole are complexified, even justified: what wife wouldn't rail against the realization that her husband is "getting his" from some other "hole," this time demonstrably male, and, to her added scandalization, carrying out the affair in the backyard for their daughter and the whole neighborhood to witness?
When matriarch Ellen put her foot down and prevented Ben from marrying a white woman, it may have been this and other experiences of racism that motivated her as much as her scandalization that the young woman's mother smoked.