causing dismay or horror: an appalling accident; an appalling lack of manners.
- ap·pall·ing·ly, adverb
- un·ap·pall·ing, adjective
- un·ap·pall·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use appalling in a sentence
We as a country have been talking about this testing problem for months, and it’s appalling we still haven’t done what’s needed.Long lines and delayed results again plague coronavirus tests as Thanksgiving approaches | William Wan | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
One is the appalling civil war and events that have taken place.
His course managed to be both dreadfully dull and appallingly difficult, with few light moments.
The government should be asking the relatives of Alan Turing to pardon them for treating him so appallingly!Charles Dance on Tywin Lannister’s S5 Return, A ‘Game of Thrones’ Movie,’ and Sexy Peter Dinklage | Marlow Stern | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
However, cases involving violence against women have a traditionally—and appallingly—low rate of conviction in India.
Old-model icons are not necessarily good; they can behave appallingly, extremely, and they are cherished for doing so.Streisand’s Gay Sex Problem, and the Death of the Gay Icon | Tim Teeman | May 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They often work amid these risks for an appallingly low salary.
Life is so remote, so appallingly far away—it has abandoned me in this desert of silence.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
The men waited, and when they had begun to relax the cry burst out appallingly close, right behind the trees.The Man of the Forest | Zane Grey
Kansas would encourage individuality more, be less appallingly machine-like.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
No other man was showing above ground, and as he ran he felt most horribly lonely and appallingly exposed.Grapes of wrath | Boyd Cable
This feverish way of living consumes people, and I find the members of the French Cabinet appallingly aged.Memoirs of the Duchesse de Dino v.1/3, 1831-1835 | Dorothy Duchesse de Dino
British Dictionary definitions for appalling
causing extreme dismay, horror, or revulsion
- appallingly, adverb
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