from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing consternation or dismay; frightful: appalling working conditions; appalling violence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of appall.
  • adj. Horrifying and astonishing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Such as to appall.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing or fitted to cause dismay or horror: as, an appalling accident; an appalling sight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing consternation
  • n. an experience that appalls


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  • U.S. President Barack Obama said the world is outraged by what he called the "appalling" violence against the Libyan people and is urging Gadhafi to step down.

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  • Greece traditionally accepted only a tiny fraction of asylum applicants and a recent Human Rights Watch report condemned what it called an "appalling" system that left migrants, including children, stuck "for weeks or months in filthy and grossly overcrowded conditions."

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  • In a nine-page report, the State Department criticizes what it calls appalling and systematic repression, including forcing women away from education and out of their jobs.

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  • The White House deplored what it called "appalling violence." - News

  • Trade union Unison initially called for the Top Gear presenter to be sacked by the BBC over what it described as "appalling" comments.

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  • Ohuruogu had what she called an "appalling" race over a lap of the Crystal Palace track on Saturday to finish last as Richards-Ross marked herself among favourites for the World Championships with an impressive victory.

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  • Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel was particularly sharp in speaking out against what she called an "appalling crime."

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  • Canada still has many issues with First Nations where they are treated as second class citizens and live in appalling conditions.

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  • From Secretary Clinton, to Governor Palin, to soon-to-be Governor Haley, Christine's political opponents have been willing to engage in appalling and baseless attacks -- all with the aim of distracting the press from covering the real issues in this race.

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  • What appalling is that George Bush and Dick Cheney, who used deception to launch a war of choice for profit in Iraq that got 4,300 U.S. troops and 1.3 million Iraqis killed, not only have yet to face charges of treason and war crimes, but both enjoy lifetime free salaries and free health care paid for by the citizens they deceived and endangered.

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