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tr.v. ap·palled, ap·pall·ing, ap·palls
To fill with horror and amazement; dismay greatly: "I was ... appalled by how my supposedly all-knowing professor could have made such hurtful mistakes" (Molly Worthen).

[Middle English apallen, to grow faint, from Old French apalir : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + palir, to grow pale (from pale, pale, from Latin pallidus, from pallēre, to grow pale; see pel- in Indo-European roots).]


or ap•pal


to fill or overcome with horror, consternation, or fear; dismay: I am appalled at your attitude.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French ap(p)allir to grow or make pale]


Past participle: appalled
Gerund: appalling

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Present Continuous
I am appalling
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Present Perfect
I have appalled
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Past Continuous
I was appalling
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Past Perfect
I had appalled
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Future Perfect
I will have appalled
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Future Continuous
I will be appalling
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been appalling
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been appalling
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Past Conditional
I would have appalled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.appall - strike with disgust or revulsionappall - strike with disgust or revulsion; "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"
churn up, sicken, disgust, nauseate, revolt - cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of; "The pornographic pictures sickened us"
2.appall - fill with apprehension or alarmappall - fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised; "I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview"; "The news of the executions horrified us"
affright, fright, frighten, scare - cause fear in; "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her"
shock - strike with horror or terror; "The news of the bombing shocked her"


To deprive of courage or the power to act as a result of fear, anxiety, or disgust:


(əˈpoːl) (American) appallpast tense, past participle apˈpalled verb
to horrify or shock. We were appalled by the bomb damage.
apˈpalling adjective
apˈpallingly adverb
References in classic literature ?
and what was there in a simple curl of fair hair to appall that brutal man, familiar with every form of cruelty?
And yet, let me add finally, never have I been so appalled and shocked by the world's cruelty as have I been appalled and shocked in the midst of happy, laughing, and applauding audiences when trained-animal turns were being performed on the stage.
Adam, appalled, drew his wife to him and held her close.
Straightway, he now goes on to make a full confession; whereupon the mariners became more and more appalled, but still are pitiful.
Dinah did not know that the crowd was silent, gazing at her with a sort of awe--she did not even know how near they were to the fatal spot, when the cart stopped, and she shrank appalled at a loud shout hideous to her ear, like a vast yell of demons.
He was appalled at the problem confronting him, weighted down by the incubus of his working-class station.
He was appalled at the vast edifice of etiquette, and lost himself in the mazes of visiting-card conduct between persons in polite society.
And his thought, as if appalled, stood still, recalling with dismay the decorous and frightful silence that was like a conspiracy; the grim, impenetrable silence of miles of walls concealing passions, misery, thoughts of crime.
He walked with a certain swing of the shoulders which appalled the timid.
PRINCE Andrew says he has been "appalled by recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes".
I was disturbed recently when I read "An appalling comparison" from Bruce Parker, Arlington Heights, who is shocked and appalled at some readers who had the audacity to compare a woman exercising her legal right to free choice to Holocaust victims.
Footage of the attack posted on social media platform Snapchat emerged last week, prompting Cineworld to say it is "appalled by the incident" and is assisting police with their enquiries.