[ uh-pawl ]

verb (used with object)

, Chiefly British.
, ap·palled, ap·pal·ling.


/ əˈpɔːl /


  1. tr to fill with horror; shock or dismay

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Word History and Origins

Origin of appal1

C14: from Old French appalir to turn pale

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Example Sentences

The film follows Frank, who is initially appalled by the idea of living with a robot, as he gradually begins to see the robot as both functionally useful and socially companionable.

Unbound by the restrictions of the doctrine, Limbaugh saw his program as entertainment first, an approach that would have appalled Smoot and Manion.

One woman said she was appalled that someone she’d been out with a few times said he had eaten inside an Olive Garden.

Crowl’s mother, Teresa Rowe, said she was appalled to see pictures of him in the Capitol.

I’m sort of appalled by the notion that one would make such a claim.

From Time

The same article on the hoof is all held by a ring of speculators at figures which appal the man of moderate means.

Sometimes the grossness and impurity, the ignorance and downright wickedness of the underworld appal and frighten me.

The danger began to appal him; he wanted to go back, and to justify the retreat he tried to call out, "No Coon here!"

The scene, however, was still terrific, and sufficient to appal the stoutest heart.

Fear not, even if the majesty of the divinity should at first appal you; do not tremble, though its glory should dazzle you.


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