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Appall Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    appall v
  1. strike with disgust or revulsion; "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends" [syn: shock, offend, scandalize, scandalise, appal, outrage]
  2. 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" [syn: dismay, alarm, appal, horrify]
Appall Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Appall \Ap*pall"\, v. i.
  1. To grow faint; to become weak; to become dismayed or discouraged. [Obs.] --Gower.
  2. To lose flavor or become stale. [Obs.]
Appall Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Appall \Ap*pall"\, n. Terror; dismay. [Poet.] --Cowper.
Appall Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Appall \Ap*pall"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Appalled; p. pr. & vb. n. Appalling.] [OF. appalir to grow pale, make pale; a (L. ad) + p[^a]lir to grow pale, to make pale, p[^a]le pale. See Pale, a., and cf. Pall.]
  1. To make pale; to blanch. [Obs.] 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. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Wine, 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. Syn: To dismay; terrify; daunt; frighten; affright; scare; depress. See Dismay.
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    * The people people have for friends You common sense appall But the people people marry Are the queerest folk of all. - Charlotte Perkins Gilman


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