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 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 This appalling atrocity is an assault on all of us who cherish religious freedom, tolerance, compassion and community. 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 There’s a moment, as the days tick closer to the festival and the Fyre team begins to panic, that one organizer commits himself to an appalling act of personal humiliation to keep disaster at bay. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Fyre Is a Story You Have to See to Believe," 15 Jan. 2019 Those four words, spoken by prominent Michigan State trustee Joel Ferguson Tuesday, are appalling but unsurprising. Michael Rosenberg,, "'This Nassar Thing': Michigan State's Egregious Failures in Larry Nassar Scandal Continue to Surface," 23 Jan. 2018 In the streets between Restaurant Floreyn and Le Restaurant are countless cool cafés, notably Bakers & Roasters , the Avocado Show (expect to endure appalling lines), and Little Collins. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Save your treadmill runs for when the weather or conditions are truly appalling or unsafe. Emilia Benton, SELF, "Here's How to Get the Most Out of Using the Treadmill for Race Training," 11 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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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