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

v strike with disgust or revulsion

appal, offend, outrage, scandalise, scandalize, shock
Type of:
churn up, disgust, nauseate, revolt, sicken
cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of

v fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised

alarm, appal, dismay, horrify
strike with horror or terror
Type of:
affright, fright, frighten, scare
cause fear in

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