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[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.
Also, appal.
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
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Examples from the web for appall
  • It should appall wine snobs, beer swillers and even teetotalers.
  • Many other things were going on in society then that would appall us today.
  • He lives to glorify the human body and appall the bourgeoisie.
  • Each of the guest rooms is radically different in its decor and theme, and each may delight or appall you with its quirks.
  • Yes, this famous limit-pusher has things that appall him, which he of course gleefully describes.
  • Peril cannot daunt her, nor hardship and poverty appall her.
  • It can exalt the spectator, it can present images that appall, it can make him weep but its emotional power is mediated.
British Dictionary definitions for appall


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
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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