“I want to show people that climbing does not have to be an appalling, suicidal endeavor,” Viesturs said.
He and Mother Church—from whose tender embrace I myself have regrettably lapsed—will both be made out to be appalling hypocrites.
The administration has amassed not just a middling or even moderately bad foreign-policy record, but an appalling one.
Palin could play a similar role in the 2012 primaries, riling up the base while appalling moderates and independents.
The hearings on Bernard Madoff yesterday were an appalling indictment of those failed regulators.
The endlessness of such a subtly cruel situation was appalling—if you think of it.
For one breath there was an appalling silence on the mountainside.
Miss Fraenkel waited for this appalling development to sink into our minds.
The effect of the torpedoes in the streets was too appalling for description.
The final triumph of militarism would be too appalling to contemplate.
1620s, present participle adjective from appall. Colloquial weakened sense of "distasteful" is attested from 1919.