appall

That tattoo on your lower back is likely to appall your mother. Just like her pink hair once appalled your grandmother. To appall is to shock and disgust.

Appall comes from an Old French word meaning "to make pale." If a gory scene in a movie appalls you, you're likely to turn pale. The word appall always carries with it the feeling of disgust. You might be shocked by a loud noise, but in order for it to appall you, it would probably have to come along with a really foul smell or a gruesome scene.

Definitions of appall
  1. verb
    strike with disgust or revulsion
    synonyms: appal, offend, outrage, scandalise, scandalize, shock
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    type of:
    churn up, disgust, nauseate, revolt, sicken
    cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of
  2. verb
    fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
    synonyms: alarm, appal, dismay, horrify
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    types:
    shock
    strike with horror or terror
    type of:
    affright, fright, frighten, scare
    cause fear in
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