[ 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.

    Synonyms: daunt, horrify

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Word History and Origins

Origin of appall1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, from Middle French ap(p)allir “to grow or make pale,” equivalent to a- a- 5 + pal(l)ir in same sense; pale 1

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Example Sentences

Amazon also added new camera capabilities to the Echo Show that might appeal to some but appall others.

The dark vision at the heart of The Casual Vacancy may appall you, but it is not easily dismissed.

Our house had been struck twice and the shrieking balls and bursting bombs were enough to appall the stoutest heart.

The sight of the glaring eyes and the blood-red fangs was enough to appall the stoutest heart.

Such a far-reaching programme might well appall the most energetic reformer, but Dr. Buttrick set to work.

She with such fear O'erwhelmed me, at the sight of her appall'd, That of the height all hope I lost.

These men never pause before obstacles which would appall others.


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