• WordNet 3.6
    • adv appallingly to an appalling extent "the prisoners were appallingly thin"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • appallingly In a manner to appal or transfix with fright; shockingly.
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  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
  • Arthur Miller
    “I'm the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime.”
  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “The appalling thing is the degree of charity women are capable of. You see it all the time... love lavished on absolute fools. Love's a charity ward, you know.”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “The horror of wedlock, the most appalling, the most loathsome of all the bonds humankind has devised for its own discomfort and degradation.”
  • Katherine Mansfield
    “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.”


In literature:

Once more the army of the Union was hurled back on Washington in panic, confusion and appalling disaster.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
The stark incongruity of the thing was appalling.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
Entering the chamber of the latter, a most appalling spectacle met his view.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Ever since their mother's accident, Miss Isobel and Miss Enid had stood appalled before their new responsibilities.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
Here in the shelter of the cliffs they scarcely felt it but the shift had raised an appalling cross sea.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
The glimpses Wallace had of the land appalled him, it was so flat and gray and bare.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
She was no more appalled by the loss than by the perception of her own volatility.
"The Letter of the Contract" by Basil King
He said that the situation was appalling and beyond all control.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
His thoughts were busy until, when they reached home, the silence between them was appalling.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The girls were appalled by the increasing clangor.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

"My case, indeed, is passing sad.
My wife - whom I considered true -
With brutal conduct drives me mad."
"I am appalled," said BAINES CAREW.
"Baines Carew, Gentleman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
All sons it surely would appal,
Except the passing meek,
To see a father lose his all,
And from an independence fall
To one pound ten a week!
"A Worm Will Turn" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A shape these human nerves would thrill,
A majesty that might appal,
Did not thy earthly likeness, still,
Gleam softly, gladly, through it all.
"Severed and gone" by Anne Bronte
This is the horn, and hound, and horse,
That oft the lated peasant hears;
Appall'd, he signs the frequent cross,
When the wild din invades his ears.
"The Wild Huntsman" by Sir Walter Scott
Has treason scaled the harem's wall,
Whose height might treason's self appal,
And slavery's daughter fled his power,
To yield her to the daring Giaour?
"The Bakchesarian Fountain" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
For, on that ever-vernal shore,
When death's appalling stream is cross'd,
Your star will shine forevermore,
Your flower will bloom, untouch'd by frost.
"On The Death Of Miss Mary Hayes" by David John Scott

In news:

The Obama administration's appalling decision to give Khalid Sheikh Mohammed a military trial.
As writers and scholars from the Islamic world we are appalled by the vilification, bookbanning and threats of physical violence against Salman Rushdie, the gifted author of Midnight's Children, Shame, and The Satanic Verses.
Lincoln residents appalled by ' inhumane ' bow hunting.
I am appalled by the idea that any living being can willfully kill another living being.
Emma Stone (from left) plays a 1960s journalist who is appalled by the working conditions for "domestics" played by Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis in "The Help.".
"When I saw what they were passing off as college, I was appalled and mortified," Bittel says.
Lackawanna Trail board appalled at ' leniency ' offered to Rosetti.
Lackawanna Trail School Board members are "appalled at the leniency " being offered to Fred Rosetti, Ed.
I am profoundly sickened by the circumstances of his hideous crimes and equally appalled by our Board of Pardons and Paroles for allowing him to be freed to commit yet more heinous acts.
Openly, serenely delighted with how our own dreams can appall us, and how close movies are to that appalling dreaminess, Luis Buñuel may have been the greatest filmmaker of the first century.
As someone who was laid off three years ago and subsequently collected unemployment, I am appalled.
Newt Gingrich says "the story is false" and he's "appalled" it came up at a debate.
Moments after Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was ejected from his palace, tweets began flying across a region that was at once enthralled and appalled by the specter of an Arab leader being overthrown by his own people.
Like Elizabeth Dreyer, I was appalled to hear of the Planning Commission's denial of a permit for Peet 's coffee.
) Your apparent celebration and approval of pimps is appalling.

In science:

Having written the first 15 pages of this paper we were appalled by the amount of the space saturated by explicit cocycles.
Infinitesimal deformations of symmetric simple modular Lie algebras and Lie superalgebras