causing dismay or horror:
an appalling accident; an appalling lack of manners.
to fill or overcome with horror, consternation, or fear; dismay:
He was appalled by the damage from the fire. I am appalled at your mistakes.
“I want to show people that climbing does not have to be an appalling, suicidal endeavor,” Viesturs said.
Mountain Man John Douglas Marshall October 27, 2009
He and Mother Church—from whose tender embrace I myself have regrettably lapsed—will both be made out to be appalling hypocrites.
The Audacity of Poping Christopher Buckley March 25, 2009
The administration has amassed not just a middling or even moderately bad foreign-policy record, but an appalling one.
Not Just the Middle East: Obama Foreign Policy Record Is Appalling David B. Rivkin, Jr., Lee A. Casey September 20, 2012
Palin could play a similar role in the 2012 primaries, riling up the base while appalling moderates and independents.
Run, Sarah, Run! Michelle Goldberg July 22, 2009
The hearings on Bernard Madoff yesterday were an appalling indictment of those failed regulators.
The Bag Lady Papers, Part V Alexandra Penney February 4, 2009
The endlessness of such a subtly cruel situation was appalling—if you think of it.
Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
Their ignorance, with the single exception of horse-flesh, is appalling.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various
Miss Fraenkel waited for this appalling development to sink into our minds.
Aliens William McFee
After another hour’s work the monkey made an appalling discovery.
The Monkey That Would Not Kill Henry Drummond
The final triumph of militarism would be too appalling to contemplate.
Our National Defense: George Hebard Maxwell
causing extreme dismay, horror, or revulsion
verb -pals, -palling, -palled (US) -palls, -palling, -palled
(transitive) to fill with horror; shock or dismay
1620s, present participle adjective from appall. Colloquial weakened sense of “distasteful” is attested from 1919.
also appal, early 14c., “to fade;” c.1400, “to grow pale,” from Old French apalir “become or make pale,” from a- “to” (see ad-) + palir “grow pale,” from Latin pallere (see pallor). Meaning “cause dismay or shock,” is 1530s. Related: Appalled; appalling.
. to fill or overcome with horror, consternation, or fear; dismay: He was appalled by the damage from the fire. I am appalled at your mistakes. Contemporary Examples I am appalled by the notion of groups being scrutinized by the IRS for their ideological views. Stop Calling Obama Aloof! Paul Begala May 19, 2013 It […]
causing dismay or horror: an appalling accident; an appalling lack of manners. Contemporary Examples When my father approached, he saw that both looked “appallingly young.” My Father, The Inglourious Basterd Kim Masters August 8, 2009 His course managed to be both dreadfully dull and appallingly difficult, with few light moments. Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled […]
one of a hardy breed of riding horses, developed in the North American West, having a mottled hide, vertically striped hoofs, and eyes that show a relatively large proportion of white. noun a breed of horse, originally from America, typically having a spotted rump breed of horses favored by Indian tribes in U.S. West, 1849, […]
land or some other source of revenue assigned for the maintenance of a member of the family of a ruling house. whatever belongs rightfully or appropriately to one’s rank or station in life. a natural or necessary accompaniment; adjunct. Historical Examples It was enough for him that an appanage of Royalty had said that some […]