Definition of appalling in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpôliNG/


Awful; terrible: his conduct was appalling
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  • Then the transfer over onto CD from the tapes is appalling, losing an awful lot of the bottom end.
  • This Budget is woefully inadequate in redressing this appalling situation.
  • There is a class of person who delights in trying to scare the pants off you with appalling tales of child-rearing horror.
bad, dreadful, awful, terrible, frightful, atrocious, disgraceful, deplorable, hopeless, lamentable
informal rotten, crummy, pathetic, pitiful, woeful, useless, lousy, abysmal, dire

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Syllabification: ap·pall·ing

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