appalled

adjective
ap·palled | \ə-ˈpȯld \

Definition of appalled 

: affected by strong feelings of shock and dismay … the Allied commanders were appalled to learn that 300 glider troops had drowned at sea.— Kathleen McAuliffe I was amazed, impressed, appalled, touched, embarrassed. Most of all, I was mad as hell.— Ken Kesey Straightway, he now goes on to make a full confession; whereupon the mariners became more and more appalled— Herman Melville

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The Families Belong Together protests and marches drew politicians, parents, children, immigrants, and people appalled by the White House’s cruel treatment of those seeking refuge in the United States. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Most Powerful Scenes From the Families Belong Together Protests," 30 June 2018 But now the leaders of this bastion of preservation are pressing for the bulldozing of what some appalled activists contend is one of downtown Coral Gables' most significant remaining early commercial buildings — for use as a parking lot. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Famed for protecting historic buildings, this city wants to bulldoze one. For parking.," 29 June 2018 Many Americans would be appalled to think that anything like caste could exist in a country allegedly founded on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Subramanian Shankar, Houston Chronicle, "Do we have a caste system in Houston and America?," 26 Jan. 2018 The comments made headlines from a stunned and appalled media, while many wondered why Republican lawmakers didn’t speak out against this apparent defense of human rights violations. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: So What Did Trump and Kim Jong-Un Agree on Anyway?," 17 June 2018 That short video shows police leading the two men out of the Starbucks in handcuffs while appalled onlookers complain and press the officers for an explanation: @Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "The Starbucks Arrests and the Toll of Routine Bias," 16 Apr. 2018 That might have been the occasion for a musing on cultural value, what the world’s appalled reaction tells us about the significance of certain works of the creative imagination over others. Eric Gibson, WSJ, "Review: Anodyne ‘Civilizations’," 16 Apr. 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May deserves credit for laying out the evidence for Russia’s responsibility and assembling a coalition of the appalled. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Spies Who Went Back to the Cold," 26 Mar. 2018 My middle school self would be appalled; my middle-aged self doesn't care. Jane Parker, Bon Appetit, "I Went From Middle School Narc to Marijuana Mom," 22 Mar. 2018

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1609, in the meaning defined above

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