Definition of Appall

1. Verb. Strike with disgust or revulsion. "The performance is likely to appall Sue"; "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"




2. Verb. Fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised. "The bad news will appall him"; "The news of the executions horrified us"
Exact synonyms: Alarm, Appal, Dismay, Horrify
Generic synonyms: Affright, Fright, Frighten, Scare
Specialized synonyms: Shock
Derivative terms: Alarm, Alarmist, Dismay, Horror

Definition of Appall

1. v. t. To make pale; to blanch.

2. v. i. To grow faint; to become weak; to become dismayed or discouraged.

3. n. Terror; dismay.

Definition of Appall

1. Verb. (transitive) 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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Appall

1. to fill with horror or dismay [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Appall

1. 1. To make pale; to blanch. "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. "Whine, 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) Synonym: To dismay, terrify, daunt, frighten, affright, scare, depress. See Dismay. Origin: OF. Appalir to grow pale, make pale; a (L. Ad) + palir to grow pale, to make pale, pale pale. See Pale, and cf. Pall. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Appall

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apoxia
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appal
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Literary usage of Appall

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1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Him he struck Through the right shoulder ; prone in dust he fell Groaning his last ; round whom his comrades fled appall'd ; such terror had Patroclus ..."

2. The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature by Tobias George Smollett (1803)
"Some do conceit that disembodied spirits Than flesh and blood maintain. I feel appall'd; Have in them more capacity of woe For, ah ! thou know'st not in how ..."

3. Contested Etymologies in the Dictionary of the Rev. W. W. Skeat by Hensleigh Wedgwood (1882)
"... giving one a hiding, it would be applicable only to blows inflicted on a living object. appall, To.—To pall, to become vapid, to lose taste or spirit. ..."

4. Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments by Addison (1794)
"... foul appall, And make benignant HOWARDS of us all. A REMARKABLE INSTANCE or FILIAL AFFECTION. A Veteran, worn out in the ..."

5. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Louisiana by Louisiana Supreme Court (1858)
"... wife of appall na! re Ballio, be avoided and reversed, and that there be judgment in her favor and against the plaintiff' or his said demand, ..."

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