ap·​palled | \ ə-ˈpȯld How to pronounce appalled (audio) \

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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According to one version of the story, Hippasus made this discovery at sea, and his appalled fellow Pythagoreans threw him overboard. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Shed Light on Minimalist Conjecture," 9 July 2013 However, not everyone was as appalled with the Gaineses treatment of their cornbread. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Chip Gaines upsets 'Fixer Upper' fans after posting pic of homemade cornbread on Twitter: 'Who cut that?'," 15 Aug. 2018 Hijinks — including Issa Rae pretending to be Jordan's guardian and 13-year-old Jordan trying to flirt with her clearly appalled teacher Justin Hartley — ensue. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""Little" Trailer Features Marsai Martin as a De-Aged Regina Hall," 9 Jan. 2019 In season 3, Matt is appalled to learn that Kingpin has been transferred from prison to a plush penthouse in exchange for cooperating with the FBI to bring down other criminal syndicates. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Most Read," 12 Oct. 2018 Though West’s speech did not air during the broadcast, it was recorded by members of the show’s studio audience, including an appalled Chris Rock. Aja Romano, Vox, "SNL’s Pete Davidson responds to Kanye West’s pro-Trump rant: “make Kanye 2006 again”," 7 Oct. 2018 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

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1609, in the meaning defined above

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