Definition of appalling 

: inspiring horror, dismay, or disgust living under appalling conditions appalling savagery

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appallingly adverb

Examples of appalling in a Sentence

We drove by an appalling accident on the highway. opening your mouth to show me your half-chewed food is absolutely appalling

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The traumas caused by gas attacks, the appalling lack of sanitation in the trenches, and the absence of antibiotics often overwhelmed field hospitals. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 2018 The Wi-Fi This isn’t the appalling connectivity of Amtrak or the mediocrity of in-flight Wi-Fi. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Riding the Brightline, America’s Train of the Future," 25 Sep. 2018 Twelve other current and former employees spoke to a WBUR reporter, backing up the official complaints with their own accounts of appalling behavior. Yvonne Abraham,, "Tom Ashbrook’s apology not accepted," 12 Apr. 2018 Migraines can last for up to six days, which is appalling but not a guarantee. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Long Can a Migraine Last? (Because It Feels Like FOREVER)," 7 Sep. 2018 Yet as appalling as Luther's intolerance of his Jewish contemporaries was, Luther was not an anti-Semite. Mark Pratt, Fox News, "Martin Luther letter critical of Jews is up for auction," 10 July 2018 But while Fallon backed off the critical refrain, hearing comedians take the moral high ground against appalling acts of the administration seems to have become a routinized part of late night. Aja Romano, Vox, "“The sadness just writes itself”: late-night hosts on Trump’s border separation policy," 20 June 2018 Trying to read the first sentence of this appalling story from the Associated Press, Maddow broke down, near tears, and could not finish her show. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Tech Industry Condemns Migrant Child Separation Policy. But What Will They Actually Do About It?," 20 June 2018 Given the side's appalling start to the campaign, the fans are likely to be content with this, and will look to push on to improve next season., "Gennaro Gattuso 'Very Happy' After Milan's Draw With Napoli But Rules Out UCL Qualification," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of appalling

1635, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appalling

see appall

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18 Dec 2018

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The first known use of appalling was in 1635

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English Language Learners Definition of appalling

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



Kids Definition of appalling

: being shocking and terrible He suffered appalling injuries.

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