- causing dismay or horror: an appalling accident; an appalling lack of manners.
Origin of appalling
- to fill or overcome with horror, consternation, or fear; dismay: He was appalled by the damage from the fire. I am appalled at your mistakes.
Origin of appall
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Related Wordsdreadful, horrific, alarming, harrowing, astounding, terrible, hideous, frightful, ghastly, dire, horrible, awful, shocking, frightening, terrifying, disheartening, heavy, intimidating, bad, gross
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?LeBron's Touchy Feely Protocol Breach
December 9, 2014
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
December 5, 2014
Identifying the perpetrators of this appalling tragedy is a criminal matter, not a technical one.MH17 Switched Places With Another Jet
September 9, 2014
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
June 30, 2014
These are generally countries with appalling human rights records.At the United Nations, It’s Human Rights, Putin-Style
June 26, 2014
Their ignorance, with the single exception of horse-flesh, is appalling.
The conditions are appalling, but, according to the custom of the country, they are "moral."The Conquest of Fear
She looked over the cliff down an appalling depth of hundreds of feet.Her Father's Daughter
It was followed by a fear, an appalling fear, more painful than the remorse.Night and Morning, Complete
It is not the presence of people that makes London appalling.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
- causing extreme dismay, horror, or revulsion
- very bad
- (tr) to fill with horror; shock or dismay
Word Origin and History for appalling
1620s, present participle adjective from appall. Colloquial weakened sense of "distasteful" is attested from 1919.