appal

[uh-pawl]
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appall

or ap·pal

[uh-pawl]
verb (used with object)
  1. 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

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French ap(p)allir to grow or make pale, equivalent to a- a-5 + pal(l)ir in same sense; see pale1

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appal

US appall

verb -pals, -palling or -palled or US -palls, -palling or -palled
  1. (tr) to fill with horror; shock or dismay

Word Origin for appal

C14: from Old French appalir to turn pale
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Word Origin and History for appal

appall

v.

also appal, early 14c., "to fade;" c.1400, "to grow pale," from Old French apalir "become or make pale," from a- "to" (see ad-) + palir "grow pale," from Latin pallere (see pallor). Meaning "cause dismay or shock," is 1530s. Related: Appalled; appalling.

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