Meaning of “appalling” in the English Dictionary

"appalling" in British English

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uk /əˈpɔː.lɪŋ/ us /əˈpɑː.lɪŋ/

C1 very bad:

appalling weather
The drive home was appalling.

C2 shocking and very bad:

appalling injuries
Prisoners were kept in the most appalling conditions.

More examples

  • He witnessed some appalling acts of barbarism during the war.
  • Conditions in the prison are said to be appalling.
  • Your table manners are appalling - don't you know how to use a knife and fork?
  • After her appalling behaviour, we had no option but to dismiss her.
  • The standard of cleanliness in some of these restaurants is frankly appalling.
adverb uk /əˈpɔː.lɪŋ.li/ us /əˈpɑː.lɪŋ.li/

The number of casualties was appallingly high in both wars.
The whole play was appallingly (= very badly) acted.

(Definition of “appalling” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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