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appalling

[ uh-paw-ling ]
/ əˈpɔ lɪŋ /
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adjective
causing dismay or horror: an appalling accident; an appalling lack of manners.
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Origin of appalling

First recorded in 1810–20; appall + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM appalling

ap·pall·ing·ly, adverbun·ap·pall·ing, adjectiveun·ap·pall·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use appalling in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for appalling

appalling
/ (əˈpɔːlɪŋ) /

adjective
causing extreme dismay, horror, or revulsion
very bad

Derived forms of appalling

appallingly, adverb
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