Word of the Day – Appal

By February 16, 2020 Word 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.”

Word of the Day – Disconsolate

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Disconsolate (adj) dis-kon-so-layt Very unhappy and unable to be comforted. Late Middle English from medieval Latin disconsolatus, from dis- (expressing reversal) + Latin consolatus (past participle of consolari ‘to console’).…

Word of the Day – Mythopoeia

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Mythopoeia (adj) mith-oh-pee-a The making of a myth or myths. 1950s from Greek muthopoiia, from muthos ‘myth’ + poiein ‘make’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Ineffectual

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Ineffectual (adj) in-ef-ek-chu-al Not producing any significant or desired effect./(of a person) lacking the ability or qualities to fulfil a role or handle a situation. Late Middle English from medieval…

Word of the Day – Priggish

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Priggish (adj) prig-ish Self-righteously moralistic and superior. (more…)

Word of the Day – Egomaniac

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Egomaniac (noun) ee-go-may-nee-ak A person who is obsessively egotistical or self-centred. (more…)

Word of the Day – Dripstone

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Dripstone (noun) drip-stone A moulding over a door or window which deflects rain. (more…)

Word of the Day – Grovel

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Grovel (verb) gro-vel Lie or crawl abjectly on the ground with one's face downwards./Act in an obsequious way in order to obtain someone's forgiveness or favour. Middle English back-formation from…

Word of the Day – Wharfinger

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Wharfinger (noun) war-fin-jur An owner or keeper of a wharf. Middle English from wharfage+ -er. (more…)

Word of the Day – Abjuration

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Abjuration (noun) ab-jur-ay-shun A solemn renouncement of a belief, cause, or claim Late Middle English from Latin abjurare, from ab- ‘away’ + jurare ‘swear’. (more…)

Leave your vote

Leave a Reply

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.