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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: apalir, from palir 'to turn pale'

appal

verb
     
ap‧pal British English , appall American English [transitive]
to make someone feel very shocked and upset:
The way we kill animals appals a lot of people.
The decision to execute the two men has appalled many politicians.

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