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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
Recent Examples on the Web But after three years, after all these appalling ridiculous dramatic things in the House of Commons, there is a very wide sentiment whereby too much is too much. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Europeans once hoped the British would reverse Brexit. Now, many can’t wait for them to leave.," 10 Sep. 2019 Her account of an assault that took place in 2016 is deeply disturbing and obviously an appalling thing to have happened. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Warner Music Responds to Lily Allen's Allegation It Failed to Act After Her Sexual Assault Claim in Internal Memo," 13 Sep. 2019 The Citizens found themselves two goals down inside half an hour, and the Canaries went on to clinch a dramatic win, thanks to some appalling defending by the away side., "Pep Guardiola Issues Warning to 'Champions' Liverpool Despite Man City's Loss at Norwich," 15 Sep. 2019 Privately, doctors feel despair about their appalling working conditions and the deteriorating doctor-patient relationship. Eric Topol, The New Yorker, "Why Doctors Should Organize," 5 Aug. 2019 But the behavior of the president is so appalling that history and our politics and our people deserve a Congress that stands up and says that. Christopher Keating,, "Rep. Jim Himes tells Mueller Russian ‘attack on our democracy’ helped lead to Trump’s election," 24 July 2019 The latest revelation involving Kondos Field is particularly appalling. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dan Guerrero and UCLA need to stop playing favorites with athletics admissions," 23 July 2019 Building surveillance video obtained by the New York Post shows the appalling incident: Waisbren is among several riders in the elevator as the door opens at the lobby. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Man crushed to death by elevator at New York high-rise," 23 Aug. 2019 Holbrooke was not just an appalling human being but a diplomat whose accomplishments were actually quite modest. David Rieff, Harper's magazine, "An American in the Treetops," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of appalling

1635, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appalling

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6 Nov 2019

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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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