verb (used with object), ap·palled, ap·pal·ling.

Nearby words

  1. apothesis,
  2. apotropaic,
  3. apotropaism,
  4. app,
  5. app.,
  6. appalachia,
  7. appalachian,
  8. appalachian dulcimer,
  9. appalachian mountains,
  10. appalachian national scenic trail


or ap·pal


verb (used with object)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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US appall

verb -pals, -palling or -palled or US -palls, -palling or -palled

(tr) to fill with horror; shock or dismay

Word Origin for appal

C14: from Old French appalir to turn pale

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