appall

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

appal

Definition of appall

appalled

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appalling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to overcome with consternation, shock, or dismay We were appalled by his behavior.

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 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.

Origin and Etymology of appall

Middle English, from Medieval 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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Definition of appall for Students

appalled

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appalling

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



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