appall

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verb ap·pall \ ə-ˈpȯl \
variants: or less commonly appal

Definition of appall

appalled; appalling
transitive verb
:to overcome with consternation, shock, or dismay
  • We were appalled by his behavior.
intransitive verb
obsolete :weaken, fail

Examples of appall in a Sentence

  1. The thought of war appalls me.

  2. It appalls me to think of the way those children have been treated.

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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

Synonym Discussion of appall

dismay, appall, horrify, daunt mean to unnerve or deter by arousing fear, apprehension, or aversion. dismay implies that one is disconcerted and at a loss as to how to deal with something.
    • dismayed at the size of the job
appall implies that one is faced with that which perturbs, confounds, or shocks.
    • I am appalled by your behavior
horrify stresses a reaction of horror or revulsion.
    • was horrified by such wanton cruelty
daunt suggests a cowing, disheartening, or frightening in a venture requiring courage.
    • a cliff that would daunt the most intrepid climber

APPALL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of appall for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to feel fear, shock, or disgust


APPALL Defined for Kids

appall

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verb ap·pall \ ə-ˈpȯl \

Definition of appall for Students

appalled; appalling
:to cause to feel shock, horror, or disgust
  • She was appalled by their foul language.


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