• WordNet 3.6
    • v appal 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"
    • v appal strike with disgust or revulsion "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • appal To grow pale or become dim.
    • appal To become weak in quality, or faint in strength; fade; fail; decay.
    • appal To become faint-hearted; lose courage or resolution; become dismayed.
    • appal To become weak, flat, stale, and insipid; lose flavor or taste, as fermented liquor.
    • appal To make pale; cause to grow pale; blanch.
    • appal To cause to become weak or to fail; weaken; reduce.
    • appal To deprive of courage or strength through fear; cause to shrink with fear; confound with fear; dismay; terrify: as, the sight appalled the stoutest heart.
    • appal To cause to become weak, flat, or stale, or to lose flavor or taste, as fermented liquor.
    • n appal A state of terror; affright; dismay; consternation.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Appal ap-pawl′ (Spens.) to wax faint, fail, decay
    • v.t., v.i Appal (obs.) to dim, weaken: to terrify, dismay:—pr.p. appal′ling; pa.p. appalled′
    • v.t Appal and v.i. (obs.) to dim, weaken: to terrify, dismay:—pr.p. appal′ling; pa.p. appalled′
    • ***


  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
  • Arthur Miller
    “I'm the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime.”
  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “The appalling thing is the degree of charity women are capable of. You see it all the time... love lavished on absolute fools. Love's a charity ward, you know.”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “The horror of wedlock, the most appalling, the most loathsome of all the bonds humankind has devised for its own discomfort and degradation.”
  • Katherine Mansfield
    “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.”


In literature:

At this moment the effect upon her was appalling.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Hastening into his father's presence he was appalled by the change.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
Sir Robert was even more appalled by this discovery than his daughters were.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
She turned to flee; and there was the monster's mate, not quite so huge, but equally appalling.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
But to the keen eyes in the tanned faces of Last's riders the change was appallingly apparent.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
They were appalled by the terrific expedient of their captain.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Notwithstanding the surprise and the appalling thunder of the guns, the Pequots sprang to arms and made a fierce resistance.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
He felt instinctively that this would be the only way to avert a state of anarchy too appalling to contemplate.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Yes, so serious I may say it is mysterious, and appalling.
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
They shrank back, appalled, but the guard had not heard or noticed.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various

In poetry:

Sunshine freely falling,
Wilt thou not my chamber find?
Here some rays would reach a mind,
'Mid the dark appalling.
"A Sigh" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
"Into many a green valley
Drifts the appalling snow;
Time breaks the threaded dances
And the diver's brilliant bow.
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
Property was thus appalled
That the self was not the same;
Single nature's double name
Neither two nor one was called.
"The Phoenix And The Turtle" by William Shakespeare
Anon a sound appalling,
As a hundred years of pride
Crashed, in the silence falling;
And the shadowy pine-trees sighed.
"The Hill Pines Were Sighing" by Robert Seymour Bridges
Appall'd his troubled fancy sees
That tear of anguish flow,
And hears in every passing breeze
The plaintive sound of woe.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
And when at length the case was called
(It came on rather late),
Spectators really were appalled
To see their deadly hate.
"Damon vs. Pythias" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

"I was appalled by all of them," Evans said of the proposed colors .
Instagram Users Appalled To Learn That Instagram Is a Business.
I am appalled at what is not going on in Washington, DC, in the US Congress .
While it's great that protestors on both sides made their views known, it would be appalling for the high court were to take serious notice of it.
"A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras".
As a University of Colorado graduate and 30-year Boulder resident and Buff fan I am appalled by the firing of Jon Embree.
Losing the transit-oriented countywide Measure J by 0.56 percentage points even as it won 66.11 percent of the popular vote was a painful and, frankly, appalling reminder that the ghost of Howard Jarvis still hovers over California.
Anthony Julius has written a strong, somber book on an appalling subject: the long squalor of Jew-hatred in a supposedly enlightened, humane, liberal society.
Jets veteran right guard Brandon Moore said Friday he tired of receiver Santonio Holmes running his mouth and he's appalled that someone who's been named captain would have the audacity to say the things he's said.
One is the sheer falsity of the analogy, beyond the obvious fact that both are appalling and inexcusable.
Having read it, I am appalled by the letter to Condo Owners from Councilman Magel.
I'm appalled that Edgar Allen Beem would complain about the fine job our CMP line workers do during a storm (The Universal Notebook, Dec 3-5).
I am appalled that I feel compelled to write this week's column on civic pride.
It is appalling that family planning is an issue in our upcoming elections.
The General Services Administration is "appalled" by the video, a spokesman says.

In science:

Having written the first 15 pages of this paper we were appalled by the amount of the space saturated by explicit cocycles.
Infinitesimal deformations of symmetric simple modular Lie algebras and Lie superalgebras