appalling

  • 1 Appalling — Ap*pall ing, a. Such as to appall; as, an appalling accident. {Ap*pall ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 appalling — index deplorable, dire, disastrous, egregious, formidable, loathsome, lurid, repulsive Burton s Legal Thesauru …

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  • 3 appalling — (adj.) 1620s, prp. adjective from APPALL (Cf. appall). Colloquial weakened sense of distasteful is attested from 1919 …

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  • 4 appalling — *fearful, dreadful, terrible, horrible, frightful, shocking, awful, terrific, horrific Analogous words: dismaying, horrifying, daunting (see DISMAY vb): bewildering, dumbfounding, confounding (see PUZZLE vb) Antonyms: reassuring …

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  • 5 appalling — [adj] horrifying alarming, astounding, awful, bad, daunting, dire, disheartening, dismaying, dreadful, fearful, formidable, frightening, frightful, ghastly, grim, grody*, gross*, harrowing, heavy*, hideous, horrible, horrid, horrific,… …

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  • 6 appalling — [ə pôl′iŋ] adj. causing horror, shock, or dismay appallingly adv …

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  • 7 appalling — adj. 1) appalling to + inf. (it was appalling to see him in that condition) 2) appalling that + clause (it is appalling that so many people evade paying taxes) * * * [ə pɔːlɪŋ] appalling that + clause (it is appalling that so many people evade… …

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  • 8 appalling — ap|pal|ling [əˈpo:lıŋ US əˈpo: ] adj 1.) very unpleasant and shocking = ↑terrible ▪ She suffered appalling injuries. ▪ He was kept in appalling conditions in prison. ▪ an appalling famine 2.) very bad = ↑atrocious ▪ The weather was absolutely… …

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  • 9 appalling — [[t]əpɔ͟ːlɪŋ[/t]] 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. Syn: dreadful Derived words: appallingly ADV GRADED He says that he… …

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  • 10 appalling — ap|pall|ing [ ə pɔlıŋ ] adjective * very unpleasant and shocking: The conditions in the camps were absolutely appalling. a. very bad or disappointing: appalling weather The jokes were absolutely appalling. ╾ ap|pall|ing|ly adverb: At peak times… …

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  • 11 appalling */ — UK [əˈpɔːlɪŋ] / US [əˈpɔlɪŋ] adjective a) very unpleasant and shocking The conditions in the camps were absolutely appalling. b) very bad or disappointing appalling weather The jokes were absolutely appalling. Derived word: appallingly adverb At… …

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  • 12 appalling — appallingly, adv. /euh paw ling/, adj. causing dismay or horror: an appalling accident; an appalling lack of manners. [1810 20; APPALL + ING2] * * * …

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  • 13 appalling — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, sound ADVERB ▪ really, truly ▪ absolutely, the most, quite …

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  • 14 appalling — adjective 1 so bad or unpleasant that you are shocked: We heard the appalling news about the earthquake. 2 very bad: Morrisson s last album was absolutely appalling. appallingly adverb: You ve behaved apallingly. | appallingly bad taste …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 appalling — adjective 1) an appalling crime Syn: shocking, horrific, horrifying, horrible, terrible, awful, dreadful, ghastly, hideous, horrendous, frightful, atrocious, abominable, abhorrent, outrageous, gruesome, grisly …

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  • 16 appalling — adjective 1) an appalling crime Syn: horrific, shocking, horrible, terrible, awful, dreadful, ghastly, hideous, horrendous, frightful, atrocious, abominable, outrageous 2) informal your schoolwork is appalling …

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  • 17 appalling — [əˈpɔːlɪŋ] adj extremely bad or shocking The conditions they live in are appalling.[/ex] appalling weather[/ex] …

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  • 18 appalling — I noun an experience that appalls (Freq. 1) is it better to view the appalling or merely hear of it? • Hypernyms: ↑experience II adjective causing consternation (Freq. 4) appall …

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  • 19 Appalling — Appall Ap*pall , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appalled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appalling}.] [OF. appalir to grow pale, make pale; a (L. ad) + p[^a]lir to grow pale, to make pale, p[^a]le pale. See Pale, a., and cf. {Pall}.] 1. To make pale; to blanch. [Obs.]… …

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  • 20 appalling — adjective Date: 1817 inspiring horror, dismay, or disgust < living under appalling conditions > • appallingly adverb …

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