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Definition of appalling

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web So yes, to your larger point, guest extortion is appalling and Miss Manners is getting tired of pointing this out. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2022 Looking back at it a decade later, what happened was appalling. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Aug. 2022 Hulu thinks their tracks are covered by hiring Black sacrificial lambs to play the part as front men for their backdoor robbery is appalling. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2022 Musk’s own record on free speech, by the way, is appalling: Workers at his other businesses have been fired for criticizing him or for trying to unionize. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 14 July 2022 The things that came out of my mouth are honestly just appalling. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2022 One of my takeaways from these travels through the minors 50 years ago was that some of the conditions were downright appalling. Bob Ryan,, 29 July 2022 Shortly after his Tennessee story appeared in print, White slipped across the color line again to report on an even more appalling lynching in Georgia. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 As Putin escalates his assault, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gets more desperate and the civilian toll becomes more appalling by the day, Biden's balancing act becomes much harder. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of appalling

1635, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appalling

from present participle of appall

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“Appalling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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: being shocking and terrible He suffered appalling injuries.

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