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English definition of “appalling”

appalling

adjective
 
 
/əˈpɔːlɪŋ/
SHOCKING shocking and very unpleasant: Many live in appalling conditions. appalling injuriesSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
BAD very bad: appalling behaviour/weatherSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
appallingly adverb
(Definition of appalling from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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