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[uh-paw-ling] /əˈpɔ lɪŋ/
causing dismay or horror:
an appalling accident; an appalling lack of manners.
Origin of appalling
1810-20; appall + -ing2
Related forms
appallingly, adverb
unappalling, adjective
unappallingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • It's a weird, completely unnecessary show, and it's appallingly entertaining.
  • The state competency requirements that aspiring teachers must meet are appallingly low.
  • Depending on one's stance in the gun debate, the application process is either too stringent or appallingly easy.
  • They are also in many instances extremely funny, if appallingly so.
  • He can be genuinely sweet and then appallingly offensive.
  • Yes, school reform is needed to address the sometimes appallingly poor levels of school achievement.
  • Yet such funds do appallingly when things turn bad, as they did in the second half of last year.
  • Given the appallingly slow and degraded system in place at the moment, it makes perfect sense.
  • There is indeed something thrilling about the purity of their celebrity-so clean and untainted, unearned but not appallingly so.
  • What an appallingly inhuman comment to come from a doctor.
British Dictionary definitions for appallingly


causing extreme dismay, horror, or revulsion
very bad
Derived Forms
appallingly, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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