Meaning of “appal” in the English Dictionary

"appal" in British English

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appalverb [ T ]

-ll- UK US appall uk /əˈpɔːl/ us /əˈpɑːl/

to make someone have strong feelings of shock or of disapproval:

I was appalled at/by the lack of staff in the hospital.
The state of the kitchen appalled her.

More examples

  • He witnessed some appalling acts of barbarism during the war.
  • Conditions in the prison are said to be appalling.
  • Your table manners are appalling - don't you know how to use a knife and fork?
  • After her appalling behaviour, we had no option but to dismiss her.
  • The standard of cleanliness in some of these restaurants is frankly appalling.
adjective uk /əˈpɔːld/ us /əˈpɑːld/

an appalled silence/fascination

(Definition of “appal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)