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[uh-paw-ling] /əˈpɔ lɪŋ/
causing dismay or horror:
an appalling accident; an appalling lack of manners.
Origin of appalling
First recorded in 1810-20; appall + -ing2
Related forms
appallingly, adverb
unappalling, adjective
unappallingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • I admit she is a Philistine, appallingly ignorant, and her taste in art is false.

  • Their fitness for purposes of vengeance was appallingly complete.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Fortunately Milton's verse is not appallingly great in amount.

    The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
  • That is to say, it was not quite so appallingly smothered in mire and filth as others were.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • appallingly, the apparition spoke, and its voice was like honeyed venom.

    A Witch Shall Be Born Robert E. Howard
British Dictionary definitions for appallingly


causing extreme dismay, horror, or revulsion
very bad
Derived Forms
appallingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for appallingly



1620s, present participle adjective from appall. Colloquial weakened sense of "distasteful" is attested from 1919.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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