- The definition of appalling is something that is so bad that it causes people to be shocked, get angry about it or be terrified by it.
The grim condition of people in poverty-stricken areas is an example of an appalling condition.
appalling definition by Webster's New World
causing horror, shock, or dismay
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- appallingly adverb
appalling definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Causing consternation or dismay; frightful: appalling working conditions; appalling violence.
- ap·pallˈing·ly adverb
Variant of appal