transitive verb-·palled′, -·pal′ling
The definition of appal means to shock or amaze in a negative way.
An example of something that would appal is the sight of someone breaking into your home.
alt. sp. of appall
(third-person singular simple present appals, present participle appalling, simple past and past participle appalled)
- (UK, less common) Alternative spelling of appall.
- It was at the banquet in connexion with the jubilee celebration that the Lord Provost of Glasgow thus summarized Lord Kelvin's character: "His industry is unwearied; and he seems to take rest by turning from one difficulty to another - difficulties that would appal most men and be taken as enjoyment by no one else..