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appalling

ap·pall·ing

appalling

 
pronunciation:
paw lIng
part of speech: adjective
definition: causing shock, dismay, or consternation; frightful.
There is an appalling rate of homelessness in the nation.The conditions in the rundown hospital were appalling.
synonyms:
frightful, horrific, shocking
antonyms:
charming, delightful, pleasing
similar words:
awful, dire, ghastly, grisly, harrowing, hideous, horrible, horrid, lurid, petrifying
derivation: appallingly (adv.)