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appalling

adjective ap·pall·ing

Simple Definition of appalling

  • : very bad in a way that causes fear, shock, or disgust

Full Definition of appalling

  1. :  inspiring horror, dismay, or disgust <living under appalling conditions>

ap·pall·ing·ly adverb

Examples of appalling

  1. We drove by an appalling accident on the highway.

  2. <opening your mouth to show me your half-chewed food is absolutely appalling>



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First Known Use of appalling

1817

Rhymes with appalling



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