Definition of appalling

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

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Other Words from appalling

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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This was discovered again over the past few days when immigration attorneys talked to reporters about appalling conditions at a Border Patrol facility detaining migrant minors in Clint, Texas. Rich Lowry, National Review, "What a Border Crisis Looks Like," 25 June 2019 Morsi, having suffered appalling conditions in incarceration, is now gone, perhaps destined to be a footnote in Egypt’s political history. Bobby Ghosh, Twin Cities, "Bobby Ghosh: A footnote in Egypt’s history," 21 June 2019 Yet Sanders defended Trump through one appalling moment after another. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders the Future of the Republican Party?," 17 June 2019 While individual slaveholders bore their share of responsibility, the Constitution allowed proslavery forces to use the power of the federal government to support appalling measures. Nicholas Guyatt, The New York Review of Books, "How Proslavery Was the Constitution?," 6 June 2019 Libya is not a safe place for disembarkation given the appalling conditions in the detention centers to which people are transferred. Washington Post, "The Latest: German lawmakers pass migration bills," 8 June 2019 The appalling accusations in this article are untrue. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Time's Up Wants CBS to Donate All of Les Moonves' $120 Million Severance," 12 Sep. 2018 The Queen also shared a message in light of the attack: I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry Respond to the Tragic Shootings in New Zealand," 15 Mar. 2019 Such appalling acts of wickedness will do nothing but strengthen our resolve to defeat such twisted ideologies and beliefs. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "U.K. marks one year since deadly attack on Ariana Grande concert in Manchester," 22 May 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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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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