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Appall

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Appall

1. To make pale; to blanch. The answer that ye made to me, my dear, . . . Hath so appalled my countenance. (Wyatt)

2. To weaken; to enfeeble; to reduce; as, an old appalled wight. Whine, of its own nature, will not congeal and freeze, only it will lose the strength, and become appalled in extremity of cold. (Holland)

3. To depress or discourage with fear; to impress with fear in such a manner that the mind shrinks, or loses its firmness; to overcome with sudden terror or horror; to dismay; as, the sight appalled the stoutest heart. The house of peers was somewhat appalled at this alarum. (Clarendon)

Synonym: to dismay, terrify, daunt, frighten, affright, scare, depress. See dismay.

Origin: OF. Appalir to grow pale, make pale; a (L. Ad) _ palir to grow pale, to make pale, pale pale. See Pale, and cf. Pall.