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appalling

[uh-paw-ling] /əˈpɔ lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing dismay or horror:
an appalling accident; an appalling lack of manners.
Origin of appalling
1810-1820
1810-20; appall + -ing2
Related forms
appallingly, adverb
unappalling, adjective
unappallingly, adverb
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  • I admit she is a Philistine, appallingly ignorant, and her taste in art is false.

  • Their fitness for purposes of vengeance was appallingly complete.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • The deliberations of this ominous court proved to be appallingly short.

  • Fortunately Milton's verse is not appallingly great in amount.

    The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
  • You are the most appallingly irresponsible man whose hands have ever grasped power.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for appallingly

appalling

/əˈpɔːlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing extreme dismay, horror, or revulsion
2.
very bad
Derived Forms
appallingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for appallingly

appalling

adj.

1620s, present participle adjective from appall. Colloquial weakened sense of "distasteful" is attested from 1919.

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