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Emotionally strongPlay
Use 'appal' to express a strong emotional reaction, stronger than 'upset' or 'unhappy'. SlideShe was appalled by the animal cruelty she witnessed.
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Negative eventsPlay
'Appal' is often associated with negative or disturbing events or behaviors. SlideThe corruption in the organization appalled him.
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Intensity mattersPlay
Choose 'appal' if the situation is extreme enough to shock or horrify, rather than mildly disturb. SlideThe extent of the poverty in the city appalled the visitors.