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Alternative forms[edit]

  • appal (occasionally in Commonwealth English)


Old French apalir (to grow pale, make pale); a (Latin ad) + palir (to grow pale, to make pale), pâle (pale). See pale (adj.) and compare with pall.


  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈpɔl/
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appall (third-person singular simple present appalls, present participle appalling, simple past and past participle appalled)

  1. (transitive) To fill with horror; to dismay.
    The evidence put forth at the court appalled most of the jury.
    • Edward Hyde Claredon
      The house of peers was somewhat appalled at this alarum.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To make pale; to blanch.
    • Wyatt
      The answer that ye made to me, my dear, [] / Hath so appalled my countenance.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To weaken; to reduce in strength
    • Holland
      Wine, of its own nature, will not congeal and freeze, only it will lose the strength, and become appalled in extremity of cold.
  4. (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?)
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To lose flavour or become stale.