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


[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.
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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Examples from the web for appalled
  • 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.
  • However, when I mentioned going there to my husband, he was appalled.
  • Being a typical culinary student, I was appalled to see her reach for a can of ready-made frosting.
  • When a good fairy comes to visit, she is appalled by the state of his messy room and offers to clean it up.
  • But he is appalled to note that his clients are requesting step stools so they can reach them.
  • Anyone who has an interest in impartial justice ought to be appalled.
  • I'm appalled by the repeated attempts to derail the discussion.
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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