What does appall mean?

appall meaning in General Dictionary

Terror dismay

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  • to develop faint in order to become weak to be dismayed or discouraged
  • to help make pale to blanch
  • attack with disgust or revulsion
  • fill with apprehension or alarm; reason enough to be unpleasantly amazed
  • to create pale; to blanch.
  • To weaken; to enfeeble; to lessen; as, a vintage appalled wight.
  • To depress or discourage with concern; to impress with concern in these types of a way the mind shrinks, or loses its firmness; to conquer with unexpected terror or horror; to dismay; since, the picture appalled the stoutest heart.
  • to cultivate light; to be poor; to be dismayed or discouraged.
  • to reduce taste or be stale.
  • Terror; dismay.

appall meaning in Etymology Dictionary

additionally appal, very early 14c., "to fade;" c.1400, "to develop pale," from Old French apalir "become or make pale," from a- "to" (see ad-) + palir "grow pale," from Latin pallere (see pallor). Meaning "cause dismay or shock," is 1530s. Related: Appalled; appalling.


appall meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) To produce pale; to blanch.

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  • (a.) To weaken; to enfeeble; to reduce; because, an old appalled wight.
  • (a.) To depress or discourage with worry; to impress with concern such a way your mind shrinks, or manages to lose its tone; to conquer with unexpected terror or horror; to dismay; as, the sight appalled the stoutest heart.
  • (v. i.) To grow faint; to become poor; to be dismayed or discouraged.
  • (v. i.) to reduce taste or become stale.
  • (n.) Terror; dismay.