Definition of appalling in English:

appalling

adjective

  • 1Causing shock or dismay; horrific:

    ‘the cat suffered appalling injuries during the attack’
    • ‘Their story is one of resilience, despite the most shocking and appalling conditions which they have endured.’
    • ‘It was while working for the charity in east Africa that he suffered his appalling injuries.’
    • ‘You will also have a constant reminder of your appalling actions through your own and your partner's permanent injuries.’
    • ‘The female escaped but the male deer suffered appalling injuries as it tried to get away from the crowds of jeering onlookers.’
    • ‘The 48-year-old had suffered appalling head injuries and also had a ligature around her neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These are the appalling injuries suffered by a man brutally mugged for his wallet as he walked his dog.’
    • ‘We are simply asked to contemplate the appalling act and the nightmare that one loathsome human being can inflict on an innocent bystander.’
    • ‘I was stunned and sickened by the appalling images, replayed over and over again on the TV screen.’
    • ‘The use of force is appalling, indiscriminate barbarity unforgivable.’
    • ‘The commission's report revealed a grisly catalogue of facts almost too appalling to believe.’
    • ‘So for my son, this was a terrible shock, and he started having appalling nightmares.’
    • ‘Every day the papers are filled with an appalling catalogue of deaths and injuries as the result of the latest piece of motoring madness.’
    • ‘The dove had suffered appalling injuries from which it would not have recovered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Around three in the morning I had an appalling nightmare, the details of which I can't remember.’
    • ‘And how has he managed to brush off the appalling injuries he suffered in a road accident 11 years ago?’
    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’
      • ‘Because everyone is somehow complicit in it, as much as it was a cultural eruption of the most appalling kind.’
      • ‘Today, all the alerts, the scares, the predictions became a quite appalling reality.’
      • ‘Then the transfer over onto CD from the tapes is appalling, losing an awful lot of the bottom end.’
      • ‘Yes, I mean we often do really quite appalling things to people that we love.’
      • ‘The way in which we treat the poor people on the streets is appalling.’
      • ‘This Budget is woefully inadequate in redressing this appalling situation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I came close to turning down this recital because of the most appalling reviewer's tickets I've ever had.’
      • ‘It is an appalling and chilling chronicle of arrogance, complacency and collusion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was an appalling chronicle of events, with far-reaching, negative outcomes.’
      • ‘The killing of innocents is deplorable and appalling in any part of the world.’
      • ‘The implications for poor minorities and non-convict labour are appalling.’
      • ‘The appalling thing is that the mistake is entirely understandable.’
      • ‘It is not poverty that maims our society - it is the appalling lack of concern and compassion for the poor that maims us all.’
      • ‘That kind of outcome is sad and appalling and it's unfair to decent people who work seriously in politics.’
      • ‘The style is the book, and it is a substantial constituent of the appalling events that are described throughout the novel.’
      • ‘Humanitarian disasters, of which genocide is the most appalling, are not pretty things.’
      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/