- to fill or overcome with horror, consternation, or fear; dismay: He was appalled by the damage from the fire. I am appalled at your mistakes.
Origin of appall
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Examples from the Web for appalled
Israelis often are amused and appalled by the crazies attracted to the Holy Land, and not only for religious reasons.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist
December 14, 2014
But outsiders, generally, are embarrassed or appalled, and so are a growing number of locals.Dutch Try to Save Santa’s Slave
Nadette De Visser
December 2, 2014
The notion of anarchy so appalled the conservative Reagan, he came out against Briggs, and it was defeated.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
The world was appalled by his actions and many questioned whether he would ever be able to return to the world of fashion.Is Designer John Galliano Back for Good?
October 7, 2014
The current Queen, who urged Scottish voters to “think very carefully” before destroying the United Kingdom, would be appalled.Voter Intimidation Grips Scotland as It Votes on Independence
September 18, 2014
But while she spoke as if she were shocked and appalled, her eyes belied her words.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The girl was appalled by the mercilessness of a destiny that had so outraged right.Within the Law
The utter loneliness behind him and ahead of him appalled him in its contrast to this.Quaint Courtships
The eventuality he had not foreseen had appalled him as a humane man and a fond husband.The Secret Agent
He was appalled by the black heart that lay bare before him.Night and Morning, Complete
- (tr) to fill with horror; shock or dismay
Word Origin and History for appalled
1570s, "enfeebled;" c.1600, "dismayed;" past participle adjective from appall.