1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is appalling is so bad or unpleasant that it shocks you.

They have been living under the most appalling conditions for two months.

Derived words:
appallingly ADV-GRADED

He says that he understands why they behaved so appallingly...

The detection rate for racial crimes is appallingly low.

2) ADJ-GRADED (emphasis) You can use appalling to emphasize that something is very great or severe.

I developed an appalling headache.

Derived words:
appallingly ADV-GRADED

It's been an appallingly busy morning.

3) See also appal

English dictionary. 2008.

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