Is there a single word that combines, shock, indignation and hurt one feels at the sheer callousness of someone's conduct or apathy towards something/someone?

I was hurt,shocked and appalled by his callous conduct.

A single word to replace the above feelings. An idiomatic phrase also works, and if there is conclusively no word that encompasses the entire plethora of emotions,it is acceptable.As is a word which is archaic and no longer in use.

If I were to pick any 2 out of the 3 emotions expressed here, I would pick a combination of hurt and appalled.

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    Where will it all end? What about contexts where you're hurt and shocked, but not appalled? Or shocked and appalled, but not actually hurt. What if the cause was accidental, unthinking, as opposed to deliberately, knowingly callous? Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 18:39
  • I am looking at all three combined, it ends there :), and alright the cause is knowingly careless. Hope this defines the scope better. Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 18:42
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    Try Mortified. Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 3:29
  • Your title says; indignation, shock and hurt. Then in the body of your question you add a fourth adjective with appalled. How can one word carry the meaning of four separate, albeit related ones?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 5:51
  • That is what I am trying ti find out! If the answer is, there is no such word, that is acceptable. Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 5:57

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"Chagrin" suits your requirement perfectly.

cha·grin transitive verb \shə-ˈgrin\ cha·grined cha·grin·ing Definition of CHAGRIN : to vex or unsettle by disappointing or humiliating .

  • I wouldn’t typically see chagrin as being necessarily shocking. Disappointment isn’t always a surprise—in fact, chagrin almost seems to favor the kind of disappointment where you hoped for better, but didn’t really expect it.
    – KRyan
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 23:37

I think "offended" would work, but I'm not sure it captures "shock" very well. Perhaps "horrified" is a bit better? Oooh, or "aghast," which I think conveys a nice combination of shock and horror. With "aghast" the hurt is implied; No one is aghast and pleased at the same time.


Aghast. Speechless with jaw-dropping horror at the shattering of decent and reasonable expectation.

  • Welcome to EL&U. We appreciate your input. We also appreciate links to sources where applicable. :) Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 6:30

I think no.

But appalled, dismayed or horrified may be the closest match

appall |əˈpôl| verb ( -palled , -palling ) [ trans. ] (usu. be appalled) greatly dismay or horrify : bankers are appalled at the economic incompetence of some officials | [as adj. ] ( appalled) Alison looked at me, appalled. ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French apalir ‘grow pale,’ from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’ ) + palir ‘to pale.’ The original sense was [grow pale,] later [make pale,] hence [dismay, horrify] ( late Middle English ).


Devastated or destroyed, as well as disillusioned by the sound of it; from a psychological standpoint, you have a lot of feelings about what's happened, but underneath all these is hurt or pain. Illusions and expectations have been rent apart, and you are confronted with a ghastly reality which you had not seen before.

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