Definition of appalling in English:

appalling

adjective

  • 1Causing shock or dismay; horrific.

    ‘the cat suffered appalling injuries during the attack’
    • ‘It was while working for the charity in east Africa that he suffered his appalling injuries.’
    • ‘The commission's report revealed a grisly catalogue of facts almost too appalling to believe.’
    • ‘At least 180 are dead, possibly many more, and hundreds have suffered appalling injuries.’
    • ‘You know, I've had to say over and over again that I find his beliefs totally abhorrent, appalling.’
    • ‘You will also have a constant reminder of your appalling actions through your own and your partner's permanent injuries.’
    • ‘Every day the papers are filled with an appalling catalogue of deaths and injuries as the result of the latest piece of motoring madness.’
    • ‘Their story is one of resilience, despite the most shocking and appalling conditions which they have endured.’
    • ‘Yes, the abuse they have revealed is disgusting and appalling and it is right that it should be exposed and that we should be horrified.’
    • ‘The female escaped but the male deer suffered appalling injuries as it tried to get away from the crowds of jeering onlookers.’
    • ‘The dove had suffered appalling injuries from which it would not have recovered.’
    • ‘We are simply asked to contemplate the appalling act and the nightmare that one loathsome human being can inflict on an innocent bystander.’
    • ‘So for my son, this was a terrible shock, and he started having appalling nightmares.’
    • ‘I was stunned and sickened by the appalling images, replayed over and over again on the TV screen.’
    • ‘And how has he managed to brush off the appalling injuries he suffered in a road accident 11 years ago?’
    • ‘Around three in the morning I had an appalling nightmare, the details of which I can't remember.’
    • ‘This is one of the most shocking and appalling media smears we have seen - and we have been shocked and appalled many times in the past.’
    • ‘The use of force is appalling, indiscriminate barbarity unforgivable.’
    • ‘But he was so moved by our picture of the appalling injuries Rob was left with that he wanted to speak out publicly about his ordeal.’
    • ‘These are the appalling injuries suffered by a man brutally mugged for his wallet as he walked his dog.’
    • ‘The 48-year-old had suffered appalling head injuries and also had a ligature around her neck.’
    shocking, horrific, horrifying, horrible, terrible, awful, dreadful, ghastly, hideous, horrendous, frightful, atrocious, abominable, abhorrent, outrageous, hateful, loathsome, odious, gruesome, grisly, monstrous, nightmarish, heinous, harrowing, dire, vile, shameful, unspeakable, unforgivable, unpardonable
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    1. 1.1 Very bad; awful.
      ‘his conduct was appalling’
      • ‘The appalling thing is that the mistake is entirely understandable.’
      • ‘The implications for poor minorities and non-convict labour are appalling.’
      • ‘The way in which we treat the poor people on the streets is appalling.’
      • ‘This Budget is woefully inadequate in redressing this appalling situation.’
      • ‘It is an appalling and chilling chronicle of arrogance, complacency and collusion.’
      • ‘Then the transfer over onto CD from the tapes is appalling, losing an awful lot of the bottom end.’
      • ‘The killing of innocents is deplorable and appalling in any part of the world.’
      • ‘It is not poverty that maims our society - it is the appalling lack of concern and compassion for the poor that maims us all.’
      • ‘Today, all the alerts, the scares, the predictions became a quite appalling reality.’
      • ‘The style is the book, and it is a substantial constituent of the appalling events that are described throughout the novel.’
      • ‘I came close to turning down this recital because of the most appalling reviewer's tickets I've ever had.’
      • ‘Because everyone is somehow complicit in it, as much as it was a cultural eruption of the most appalling kind.’
      • ‘The story is part love story, part comedy of self-justification, and part a chronicle of an appalling crime.’
      • ‘The consequences for the world's poor have been appalling.’
      • ‘That kind of outcome is sad and appalling and it's unfair to decent people who work seriously in politics.’
      • ‘It was an appalling chronicle of events, with far-reaching, negative outcomes.’
      • ‘Humanitarian disasters, of which genocide is the most appalling, are not pretty things.’
      • ‘Training conditions at home may be appalling, the diet poor and funds miniscule.’
      • ‘There is a class of person who delights in trying to scare the pants off you with appalling tales of child-rearing horror.’
      • ‘Yes, I mean we often do really quite appalling things to people that we love.’
      dreadful, very bad, awful, terrible, frightful, atrocious, disgraceful, deplorable, shameful, hopeless, lamentable, laughable, substandard, poor, inadequate, inferior, unsatisfactory
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Pronunciation

appalling

/əˈpɔːlɪŋ/