Definition of appalling in English:


Line breaks: ap¦pall|ing
Pronunciation: /əˈpɔːlɪŋ


1Horrifying; shocking: the cat suffered appalling injuries during the attack
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  • 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.
  • The 48-year-old had suffered appalling head injuries and also had a ligature around her neck.
  • The female escaped but the male deer suffered appalling injuries as it tried to get away from the crowds of jeering onlookers.
1.1 informal Shockingly bad; awful: 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.
dreadful, very bad, awful, terrible, frightful, atrocious, disgraceful, deplorable, shameful, hopeless, lamentable, laughable, substandard, poor, inadequate, inferior, unsatisfactory
informal rotten, woeful, crummy, pathetic, pitiful, useless, lousy, God-awful, shocking, abysmal, dire, poxy, the pits
British informal duff, chronic, pants
North American informal hellacious



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  • And I have heard from members of that commission that it was appallingly inadequate.
  • However, it carries any number of appallingly dangerous drivers and it is hardly surprising that there are frequent serious accidents.
  • Second, the general level of competence of its reporters and editors has fallen to an appallingly low level.

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