a word used to describe something hostile, harmful, or otherwise disagreeable. Unofficially one of the more ‘Twitter exclusive’ adjectives you’ll see, meaning its use on Twitter is disproportionately high compared to its real-world use (often due to fear of mispronunciation). Increasingly has been used in political discourse to give a dramatic effect and/or make the user sound intelligent.

Ex. “The virulent transphobia of Republicans misgendering Dr. Levine has been appalling to say the least.”

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