appal [appalled, appalling, appals, appalls] v

OFr apalir, wax pale, be in consternation, languish, waste away.

  1. Frighten; horrify; terrify; cause to feel shock.
  2. Dismay; depress; discourage; disturb; discomfort; trouble; upset; worry; cause the soul to fade, shrink, or cringe.
  3. Amaze; astonish; daze; enlighten; cause one to feel weak with joy; [word play on “pall”] wane; fade; turn white; become pale; decline; dwindle; retreat while beckoning; move away slowly.