What does appal mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shock, offend, scandalize, scandalise, appal, appall, outrageverb

    strike with disgust or revulsion

    "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"

  2. dismay, alarm, appal, appall, horrifyverb

    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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To APPALverb

    To fright; to strike with sudden fear; to depress; to discourage.

    Etymology: appalir, Fr.

    Whilst she spake, her great words did appal
    My feeble courage, and my heart oppress,
    That yet I quake and tremble over all. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    Give with thy trumpet a loud note to Troy,
    Thou dreadful Ajax; that th’ appalled air
    May pierce the head of thy great combatant. William Shakespeare.

    The house of peers was somewhat appalled at this alarum; but took time to consider of it till next day. Edward Hyde.

    Does neither rage inflame, nor fear appal,
    Nor the black fear of death that saddens all. Alexander Pope.

    The monster curls
    His flaming crest, all other thirst appall’d,
    Or shiv’ring flies, or choak’d at distance stands. James Thomson.


  1. appal

    To appal is to greatly dismay, shock, or horrify someone. It is the intense feeling of being greatly upset or disgusted by something that is extremely unpleasant or unacceptable.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Appal

    ap-pawl′, v.i. (Spens.) to wax faint, fail, decay.—v.t. and v.i. (obs.) to dim, weaken: to terrify, dismay:—pr.p. appal′ling; pa.p. appalled′.—p.adj. Appal′ling, shocking.—adv. Appal′lingly. [Perh. from O. Fr. apalir, apallir, to wax pale, also to make pale. See Pall and Pale.]

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  2. lappa

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of appal in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of appal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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