Definition of appalling in US English:

appalling

adjective

  • 1Causing shock or dismay; horrific.

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

appalling

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