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or ap·pal

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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.
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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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Related Words for appall

dismay, dishearten, intimidate, frighten, alarm, unnerve, astound, amaze, faze, disconcert, outrage, daunt, awe, petrify, terrify, appal, scare, shock, insult, consternate

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Word Origin and History for appall


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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