Appall



to fill or overcome with horror, consternation, or fear; dismay:
He was appalled by the damage from the fire. I am appalled at your mistakes.
Contemporary Examples

The dark vision at the heart of The Casual Vacancy may appall you, but it is not easily dismissed.
‘The Casual Vacancy’ Review: J.K. Rowling Cuts Loose From Harry Potter Malcolm Jones September 26, 2012

Historical Examples

What marvel that love should make him weak whom death could not appall!
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Vol IV. No. XX. January, 1852. Various

The scene before them was enough to appall the stoutest heart.
The River of Darkness William Murray Graydon

The uncompromising coldness and solidity of the viands was enough to appall a man conscious that his digestion needed humoring.
Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse

This Actio Prima contains the words in which he did appall the judges.
Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope

On the other side, there was a man whom no danger could appall.
History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete John Lothrop Motley

The body, as a body, was of such a nature that he found it necessary to appall them.
Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope

The cloud crowned cliff did not appall my high-reaching eye.
Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz

This was a consideration that pressed itself in twenty different forms, each of them enough to appall him.
The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever

Nothing seemed to appall or disturb my partner; he was always ready to proceed, his voice ringing out with inflexible resolution.
The Trail of the Goldseekers Hamlin Garland

v.

also appal, early 14c., “to fade;” c.1400, “to grow pale,” from Old French apalir “become or make pale,” from a- “to” (see ad-) + palir “grow pale,” from Latin pallere (see pallor). Meaning “cause dismay or shock,” is 1530s. Related: Appalled; appalling.

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