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
More example sentences
- 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).