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  1. 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
Related formsap·pall·ing·ly, adverbun·ap·pall·ing, adjectiveun·ap·pall·ing·ly, adverb
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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.


    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


  1. causing extreme dismay, horror, or revulsion
  2. very bad
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Derived Formsappallingly, 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.

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