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appall Syllabification: ap·pall
Pronunciation: /əˈpôl/

Definition of appall in English:

verb (appalls, appalling, appalled)

[with object]
Greatly dismay or horrify: bankers are appalled at the economic incompetence of some officials (as adjective appalled) Alison looked at me, appalled
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  • Those who aren't outraged are merely appalled, if not by the lyrics, by the production.
  • I was similarly appalled at the condition of the park on my last visit to my home village two years ago.
  • He looked shocked and appalled by this and turned his attention onto Alex.


Middle English: from Old French apalir 'grow pale', from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + palir 'to pale'. The original sense was 'grow pale', later 'make pale', hence 'dismay, horrify' ( late Middle English).

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