Definition of appal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(British English) (North American English appall) verb
BrE BrE//əˈpɔːl//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔːl//
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they appal
BrE BrE//əˈpɔːl//
(North American English) present simple I / you / we / they appall
NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔːl//
he / she / it appals
BrE BrE//əˈpɔːlz//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔːlz//
(North American English) he / she / it appalls
NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔːlz//
past simple appalled
BrE BrE//əˈpɔːld//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔːld//
past participle appalled
BrE BrE//əˈpɔːld//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔːld//
-ing form appalling
BrE BrE//əˈpɔːlɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔːlɪŋ//
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to shock somebody very much synonym horrify appal somebody The brutality of the crime has appalled the public. The idea of sharing a room appalled her. The thought of having to do it all again appals me. it appals somebody that…/to do something It appalled me that they could simply ignore the problem. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French apalir ‘grow pale’, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + palir ‘to pale’. The original sense was ‘grow pale’, later ‘make pale’, hence ‘horrify’ (late Middle English).