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 for Appalling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Appalling \Ap*pall"ing\, a.
     Such as to appall; as, an appalling accident. --
     Ap*pall"ing*ly, adv.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Appall \Ap*pall"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Appalled; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Appalling.] [OF. appalir to grow pale, make pale; a (L.
     ad) + p[^a]lir to grow pale, to make pale, p[^a]le pale. See
     Pale, a., and cf. Pall.]
     1. To make pale; to blanch. [Obs.]
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              The answer that ye made to me, my dear, . . .
              Hath so appalled my countenance.      --Wyatt.
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     2. To weaken; to enfeeble; to reduce; as, an old appalled
        wight. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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              Wine, of its own nature, will not congeal and
              freeze, only it will lose the strength, and become
              appalled in extremity of cold.        --Holland.
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     3. To depress or discourage with fear; to impress with fear
        in such a manner that the mind shrinks, or loses its
        firmness; to overcome with sudden terror or horror; to
        dismay; as, the sight appalled the stoutest heart.
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              The house of peers was somewhat appalled at this
              alarum.                               --Clarendon.
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     Syn: To dismay; terrify; daunt; frighten; affright; scare;
          depress. See Dismay.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: causing consternation; "appalling conditions" [syn:
             appalling, dismaying]
      n 1: an experience that appalls; "is it better to view the
           appalling or merely hear of it?"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  63 Moby Thesaurus words for "appalling":
     astonishing, astounding, atrocious, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful,
     baneful, beastly, bewildering, confounding, conspicuous, daunting,
     dire, direful, dismaying, dread, dreaded, dreadful, dumbfounding,
     egregious, exceptional, extraordinary, fabulous, fantastic, fell,
     formidable, frightful, ghastly, ghoulish, grim, grisly, gruesome,
     hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrifying,
     incredible, macabre, marked, marvelous, morbid, notable,
     noteworthy, noticeable, of mark, outstanding, redoubtable,
     remarkable, rotten, schrecklich, shocking, signal, striking,
     superior, terrible, terrific, tragic, tremendous, uncommon,
     unspeakable, wonderful

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