Simple Definition of appall
: to cause (someone) to feel fear, shock, or disgust
Examples of appall in a sentence
The thought of war appalls me.
It appalls me to think of the way those children have been treated.
Variants of appall
Origin and Etymology of appall
Middle English, from Middle French apalir, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + palir to grow pale, from Latin pallescere, inchoative of pallēre to be pale — more at fallow
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of appall
APPALL Defined for Kids
Definition of appall for Students
: to cause to feel shock, horror, or disgust <She was appalled by their foul language.>
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