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appall

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English

Alternative spellings

  • appal (Commonwealth English)

Etymology

Old French apalir (to grow pale, make pale); a (Latin ad) + palir (to grow pale, to make pale), pale pale. See Pale, a., and compare with Pall.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to appall

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to appall (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To depress or discourage with fear; to impress with fear in such a manner that the mind shrinks, or loses its firmness; to overcome with sudden terror or horror; to dismay; as, the sight appalled the stoutest heart.
    The house of peers was somewhat appalled at this alarum. --Clarendon.

Synonyms

To dismay; terrify; daunt; frighten; affright; scare; depress.

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