very unpleasant and shocking [= terrible]:
She suffered appalling injuries.
He was kept in appalling conditions in prison.
an appalling famine
very bad [= atrocious]:
The weather was absolutely appalling.
—appallingly adverb:WORD FOCUS: bad
He behaved appallingly.
an appallingly difficult job
very bad: awful, terrible, horrible, lousy informal, appalling, ghastly, atrocious, horrendous
bad, but not very bad: not very good, mediocre, second-rate, so-so, lacklustre
of bad quality: shoddy, inferior, poor quality, cheap, crummy informal
bad at doing something: be no good at something
very bad at doing something: hopeless, terrible, useless, lousy informal, incompetent
morally bad: evil, wicked, immoral, corrupt, sick, perverted, degenerate
➔ See also bad