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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

I am appalled by the notion of groups being scrutinized by the IRS for their ideological views.
Stop Calling Obama Aloof! Paul Begala May 19, 2013

It infuriated James Baker, confounded Condoleezza Rice, and appalled Madeleine Albright.
Why Bibi Humiliated Biden Martin Indyk March 10, 2010

Holbrooke reportedly has been appalled at how badly prepared the State Department is to mount such a civilian effort.
Obama’s All Action, No Strategy in Afghanistan Russ Hoyle March 6, 2009

The old guard African-American players were as appalled as everyone else with the 20-somethings dressing like they were 16.
NBA Players Are Wearing Sweatpants Again, but Now They Cost $550 Sujay Kumar November 10, 2013

When the House of Bishops made its ruling, Cain was appalled.
Meet the Gay Priest Getting Married Nico Hines March 24, 2014

Historical Examples

We were all appalled before that power, which, to human seeming, could bless or blast us in a moment.
My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass

The utter loneliness behind him and ahead of him appalled him in its contrast to this.
Quaint Courtships Various

He was appalled at the outburst of Anglophobia and war-talk which followed the message.
The Letters of William James, Vol. II William James

The eventuality he had not foreseen had appalled him as a humane man and a fond husband.
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad

Really, the more he looked the situation in the face the more it appalled him.
Fred Fenton on the Track Allen Chapman

verb -pals, -palling, -palled (US) -palls, -palling, -palled
(transitive) to fill with horror; shock or dismay

1570s, “enfeebled;” c.1600, “dismayed;” past participle adjective from appall.

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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