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appalling (adj.)

"causing dismay or horror," 1620s, present-participle adjective from appall. Colloquial weakened sense of "distasteful" is attested from 1919. Related: Appallingly.

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Definitions of appalling
1
appalling (n.)
an experience that appalls;
is it better to view the appalling or merely hear of it?
2
appalling (adj.)
causing consternation;
appalling conditions
Synonyms: dismaying
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