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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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His opponents, rightly appalled, lament what has happened to their country. The Economist, "The White House ditches half a century of immigration law," 20 July 2019 Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "“I’m Winning”: Donald Trump’s Calculated Racism," 18 July 2019 Those of us who are compulsively early are … appalled. Catharine Hamm,, "Escapes: On D-day, we remember the man who bore the weight of the world," 6 June 2019 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

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1609, in the meaning defined above

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