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- appal (occasionally in Commonwealth English)
- (transitive) To depress or discourage with fear; to impress with fear in such a manner that the mind shrinks, or loses its firmness; to inundate with sudden terror or horror; to dismay.
- The sight appalled the stoutest heart.
- Edward Hyde Claredon
- The house of peers was somewhat appalled at this alarum.
- (transitive, obsolete) To make pale; to blanch.
- The answer that ye made to me, my dear, […] / Hath so appalled my countenance.
- (transitive, obsolete) To weaken; to enfeeble; to reduce.
- Wine, of its own nature, will not congeal and freeze, only it will lose the strength, and become appalled in extremity of cold.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To grow faint; to become weak; to become dismayed or discouraged.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Gower to this entry?)
- (intransitive, obsolete) To lose flavour or become stale.
to depress or discourage with fear; to impress with fear