appal

UK [əˈpɔːl] / US [əˈpɔl] verb [transitive]
Word forms "appal":
present tense I/you/we/they appal he/she/it appals present participle appalling past tense appalled past participle appalled
to shock or offend someone very much

What really appalled us was the racist nature of his speech.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • appal — is the correct BrE spelling (AmE appall), with inflections appalled, appalling …   Modern English usage

  • appal — (US appall) ► VERB (appalled, appalling) 1) greatly dismay or horrify. 2) (appalling) informal very bad or displeasing. DERIVATIVES appallingly adverb. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • appal — [ə pôl′] vt. appalled, appalling alt. sp. of APPALL …   English World dictionary

  • appal — appall / appal [v] horrify alarm, amaze, astound, awe, consternate, daunt, disconcert, dishearten, dismay, faze, frighten, get to*, gross out*, insult, intimidate, outrage, petrify, scare, shake, shock, terrify, throw, unnerve; concepts 7,19,42… …   New thesaurus

  • appal — verb see appall …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • appal — /euh pawl /, v.t., appalled, appalling. appall. * * * …   Universalium

  • appal — v. (R) it apalled me to see such sloppy work; it apalled them that no preparations had been made * * * [ə pɔːl] it appaled them that no preparations had been made (R) it appaled me to see such sloppy work …   Combinatory dictionary

  • appal — 01. I am [appalled] by the number of young people who smoke cigarettes. Haven t they learned anything? 02. The conference was an [appalling] waste of time; I didn t learn a thing. 03. We were totally [appalled] by the poor service at the… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • appal — ap|pal BrE appall AmE [əˈpo:l US əˈpo:l] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Old French; Origin: apalir, from palir to turn pale ] to make someone feel very shocked and upset ▪ The way we kill animals appals a lot of people. ▪ The decision to execute the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • appal — ap|pal [ ə pɔl ] the British spelling of appall …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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