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Meaning of APPALL

Pronunciation:  u'pol

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  strike with disgust or revulsion; "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"

APPALL is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: alarm, appal, dismay, horrify, offend, outrage, scandalise, scandalize
 See Also: affright, churn up, disgust, fright, frighten, nauseate, revolt, scare, shock, sicken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ap*pall"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appalled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Appalling}.] [OF. appalir to grow pale, make pale; a (L.
    ad) + p[^a]lir to grow pale, to make pale, p[^a]le pale. See
    Pale, a., and cf. {Pall}.]
    1. To make pale; to blanch. [Obs.]
             The answer that ye made to me, my dear, . . . Hath
             so appalled my countenance.           --Wyatt.
    2. To weaken; to enfeeble; to reduce; as, an old appalled
       wight. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
             Wine, of its own nature, will not congeal and
             freeze, only it will lose the strength, and become
             appalled in extremity of cold.        --Holland.
    3. To depress or discourage with fear; to impress with fear
       in such a manner that the mind shrinks, or loses its
       firmness; to overcome with sudden terror or horror; to
       dismay; as, the sight appalled the stoutest heart.
             The house of peers was somewhat appalled at this
             alarum.                               --Clarendon.
    Syn: To dismay; terrify; daunt; frighten; affright; scare;
         depress. See {Dismay}.
  2. \Ap*pall"\, v. i.
    1. To grow faint; to become weak; to become dismayed or
       discouraged. [Obs.] --Gower.
    2. To lose flavor or become stale. [Obs.]
  3. \Ap*pall"\, n.
    Terror; dismay. [Poet.] --Cowper.
Thesaurus Terms
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