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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
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  • We were all appalled before that power, which, to human seeming, could bless or blast us in a moment.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • The utter loneliness behind him and ahead of him appalled him in its contrast to this.

  • He was appalled at the outburst of Anglophobia and war-talk which followed the message.

  • The eventuality he had not foreseen had appalled him as a humane man and a fond husband.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Really, the more he looked the situation in the face the more it appalled him.

    Fred Fenton on the Track Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for appalled


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 appalled

1570s, "enfeebled;" c.1600, "dismayed;" past participle adjective from 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.

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