adjective \ˈshä-kiŋ\

: very surprising and upsetting or causing a sudden feeling of horror or disgust

: very bad

Full Definition of SHOCKING

:  extremely startling, distressing, or offensive <shocking news>
shock·ing·ly \-kiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of SHOCKING

  1. The number of young teenagers who smoke is shocking.
  2. a shocking waste of money
  3. The building is in a shocking state.

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Rhymes with SHOCKING


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