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[uh-pawl] /əˈpɔl/
verb (used with object), appalled, appalling.


or appal

[uh-pawl] /əˈpɔl/
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
horrify, daunt. See frighten. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for appal
Historical Examples
  • The sudden face of death might appal me for a moment, but the fear is over.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • The scenes presented were enough to appal the stoutest nerves.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War Linus Pierpont Brockett
  • The rest of the trail was a puzzle, indeed, but it presently ceased to appal.

    The Kindred of the Wild Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The scene, however, was still terrific, and sufficient to appal the stoutest heart.

    Hildebrand Anonymous
  • The thought of death does not appal him, it braces him to work and joy.

  • They appal, they create astonishment, but they do not attract.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • My existence is sadly cold and stern, and full of horrors that appal.

  • Seek where I pleased, there was nothing to encourage me and plenty to appal.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The result that followed was enough to appal the stoutest heart.

    The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • Being "broke" did not appal him, nor the loss of a job fill him with quaking.

    Blue Goose Frank Lewis Nason
British Dictionary definitions for appal


verb -pals, -palling, -palled (US) -palls, -palling, -palled
(transitive) to fill with horror; shock or dismay
Word Origin
C14: from Old French appalir to turn pale
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for appal



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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