ap·​palled ə-ˈpȯld How to pronounce appalled (audio)
: 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 appalledHerman Melville

Examples of appalled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meghan Trainor and Jury Duty star Ronald Gladden also appear in the hilarious spot as appalled jury members, while former NFL football player and current sports analyst Emmanuel Acho plays the bailiff. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 In contrast to my friends’ appalled reactions to my Israel trip, the other passengers on the full flight to Israel did not seem particularly anxious. Joyce Kamanitz, Hartford Courant, 1 Jan. 2024 Her monologue, one of two in the movie, leaves us both appalled and mesmerized. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 We too are appalled and disturbed by this atrocious violent crime and our heart and deepest sympathy go out to all involved. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 Others are from people who did not attend but were no less appalled, and outraged, that such boorish behavior took place at the expense of so many. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2023 The manufacture of this content has disrupted the old ways of doing business, the deal-making arts that enchanted and appalled generations of Hollywood observers. A.o. Scott, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2023 After the actor Matthew McConaughey, for some reason delivering a press briefing at the White House, made this detail known to the public, the shoes sold out as appalled consumers ordered them online. Michael Robbins, Harper's Magazine, 9 Nov. 2022 For that reason and so many others, Badham is appalled and increasingly outraged that the banning of such a book could, in fact, happen. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, 12 May 2023

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Word History


from past participle of appall

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of appalled was in 1609

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“Appalled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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