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Greatly dismay or horrify.‘bankers are appalled at the economic incompetence of some ministers’‘Alison looked at me, appalled’
horrify, shock, dismay, distress greatly, outrage, scandalize, alarmView synonyms
- ‘Xu was so appalled at the news that she decided to quit her habit of eating at roadside food stands.’
- ‘He would also have been appalled that homegrown players had so quickly adopted the cheating tendency.’
- ‘On the other hand, most readers would probably be appalled and aghast at this stuff.’
- ‘He is appalled at the lack of courteous response and civil helpfulness that he took for granted in his younger life.’
- ‘One mother of two boys, said she had been appalled at the choice of subject matter.’
- ‘I was similarly appalled at the condition of the park on my last visit to my home village two years ago.’
- ‘Patricia said she is appalled that she was left stranded to deal with the crisis herself.’
- ‘It was things like the absence of drinks and the sheer lack of respect for elderly people, which appalled me.’
- ‘Pensioners' charities and lobby groups are appalled at the problems we are storing up for the future.’
- ‘I was appalled to discover that my evening out was going to double in price.’
- ‘I came back hoping to hear good things and I am appalled that it has fallen apart this way.’
- ‘Residents living close to where it is proposed to build the facility are appalled.’
- ‘She is appalled to see him stand before them with folded hands and humbly assert that he was fine.’
- ‘Residents in Victoria Street were today appalled that such a crime occurred on their doorsteps.’
- ‘She was appalled at the condition of the place, but at least it kept them out of the cold and rain.’
- ‘I returned to the car within two hours, and was appalled to see this penalty notice.’
- ‘Those who aren't outraged are merely appalled, if not by the lyrics, by the production.’
- ‘Should they be appalled because of the lack of respect the artist has shown towards a human body?’
- ‘My mother was appalled that we had even contemplated taking Percy to the vet to be put down.’
- ‘He looked shocked and appalled by this and turned his attention onto Alex.’
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).
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