Definition for appalling (2 of 3)
verb (used with object), ap·palled, ap·pal·ling.
Definition for appalling (3 of 3)
verb (used with object)
Origin of appall
Examples from the Web for appalling
Do they not recall the appalling ramifications of the infamous moment when Michelle Obama put her arm around the Queen in 2009?
The story was so appalling, the attack so brutish and morally offensive, that it provoked an immediate, furious response.Why It Was Right to Question Rolling Stone’s U-VA Rape Story|Michael Moynihan|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Identifying the perpetrators of this appalling tragedy is a criminal matter, not a technical one.
Imagine a 6-3 liberal court revisiting all of these appalling decisions.Only Eight Years of President Hillary Can Take the Supreme Court Away From Conservatives|Michael Tomasky|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These are generally countries with appalling human rights records.At the United Nations, It’s Human Rights, Putin-Style|Jay Michaelson|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"This is an appalling way to treat a guest," she said as they walked slowly towards home.Captivity|M. Leonora Eyles
Much in his short life he had found hard to bear; but never anything so appalling as this!The Rich Little Poor Boy|Eleanor Gates
He dropped the lady like a hot coal at the appalling word, and sat back rigid in his own corner of the cab.The Gay Adventure|Richard Bird
This was occasioned by the muzzles being pointed downwards into the ditch, which gave the report an unusual and appalling effect.Twenty-Five Years in the Rifle Brigade|William Surtees
The simple selfishness of young women in these matters is appalling.Richard Vandermarck|Miriam Coles Harris
British Dictionary definitions for appalling (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for appalling (2 of 2)
verb -pals, -palling or -palled or US -palls, -palling or -palled
Word Origin for appal
Word Origin and History for appalling (1 of 2)
1620s, present participle adjective from appall. Colloquial weakened sense of "distasteful" is attested from 1919.