What Is Appall? Definition And Usage Of This Term

What Is Appall? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS APPALL – In this topic, we will first know the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • greatly dismay or horrify.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • to overcome with consternation, shock, or dismay
  • weakin, fail


Here are some of the following synonyms of this term:

  • horrify
  • shock
  • dismay
  • distress greatly
  • outrage
  • alarm
  • make someone’s blood run cold
  • disgust
  • repel
  • revolt
  • sicken
  • nauseate
  • offend


It is a Middle English term, which came from the Old French apalir, which means ‘grow pale‘, which is a combination of suffix a- and palir or ‘to pale‘.


Here are some examples of this term:

  • He was more and more appalled by the memories afflicting his brother, what he’d gone through since his supposed death.
  • The earthquake at Lisbon, which appalled other people, gave Voltaire an excellent opportunity for ridiculing the beliefs of the orthodox, first in verse (1756) and later in the (from a literary point of view) unsurpassable tale of Candide (1759).
  • Their vassals and subjects, appalled by the invisible powers wielded by the head of the church, supported them in their rebellion.
  • Appalled by the weakness, or rather the non-existence, of the navy, Admiral Saint-Bon, with his coadjutor Signor Brin, addressed ~form.

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