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appall

[uh-pawl] /əˈpɔl/
verb (used with object)
1.
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
1275-1325
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
Synonyms
horrify, daunt. See frighten.
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Examples for appalls
  • What appalls me is that he didn't receive more from the individuals working for those companies.
  • It is a roof, and it welcomes us in hours when the cathedral oppresses or appalls.
  • Filled with morbid imagery, it both appalls and draws the reader in.
  • The only thing that appalls me is the parole system and the prison system.
  • It appalls me that all this brilliant talent is going into the design of ways of gaming our tax system.
  • The destruction of such fertile land appalls him and he stops them.
Word Origin and History for appalls

appall

v.

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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