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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).]
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shocked or dismayedfilled with horror
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|Adj.||1.||appalled - struck with fear, dread, or consternation|
afraid - filled with fear or apprehension; "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"
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adjective horrified, shocked, stunned, alarmed, frightened, scared, terrified, outraged, dismayed, daunted, astounded, unnerved, disquieted, petrified, disheartened We are all appalled that these items are still on sale.
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