appall

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verb ap·pall \ə-ˈpȯl\

Definition of appall

appalled

appalling

obsolete

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  weaken, fail

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to overcome with consternation, shock, or dismay <we were appalled by his behavior>

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.

Variants of appall

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appal

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

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

appall

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verb ap·pall \ə-ˈpȯl\

Definition of appall for English Language Learners

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


APPALL Defined for Kids

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verb ap·pall \ə-ˈpȯl\

Definition of appall for Students

appalled

appalling

  1. :  to cause to feel shock, horror, or disgust <She was appalled by their foul language.>



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