Definitions for: Appall


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.]


Ap*pall", n.
Terror; dismay. [Poet.] --Cowper.

Synonyms: alarm, appal, dismay, horrify, offend, outrage, scandalise, scandalize

See Also: affright, churn up, disgust, fright, frighten, nauseate, revolt, scare, shock, sicken

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