Word of the Day – Appal

By February 16, 2020Word of the Day

Appal (US Appall) (verb)

a-pawl

Greatly dismay or horrify.

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).

Example sentences

“We were all appalled at the outcome.”

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