Part of speech: verb

To fill with horror; terrify; shock.

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Usage examples "appal":

  1. For a month or two they bore their odd kind of life cheerfully enough; but the prospect of nearly six months more of it began to appal them, when they reflected upon it; and they soon found themselves longing for a change. - "Popular Adventure Tales", Mayne Reid.
  2. Proceeding on our journey, we came suddenly to a large river, the sight of which would appal the firmest heart. - "Bagh O Bahar, Or Tales of the Four Darweshes", Mir Amman of Dihli.
  3. Mrs. Windsor declared that her guests must be content to rough it during the Surrey week; but as she took down with her from London a French chef and a couple of tall footmen, a carriage and pair, a governess cart, a fat white pony, a coachman and various housemaids, the guests regarded that dismal prospect with a fair amount of equanimity, and were assailed by none of those fears that appal the wanderer who arrives at a country inn or at a small lodging by the seaside. - "The Green Carnation", Robert Smythe Hichens.