verb (used with object), appalled, appalling. Unabridged


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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appal or (US) appall (əˈpɔːl)
vb , (US) -pals, -palling, -palled, -palls, -palling, -palled
(tr) to fill with horror; shock or dismay
[C14: from Old French appalir to turn pale]
appall or (US) appall
[C14: from Old French appalir to turn pale]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. apalir "become or make pale," from a- "to" + palir "grow pale," from L. pallere (see pallor). Meaning of "cause dismay or shock," is 16c.

1570s, "enfeebled;" c.1600, "dismayed;" pp. adj. from appall.
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Example sentences
You would be amazed and appalled at how much money this would save.
It's being appalled with them, not at them.
Yet the difficulties in his path might have appalled a less stout heart.
If his seaman's soul was appalled by giddy helicopters, shrieking whistles and
  exuberant fireboats he did not betray it.
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