earth-shat·​ter·​ing ˈərth-ˈsha-tə-riŋ How to pronounce earth-shattering (audio)

Examples of earth-shattering in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earth-shattering was circa 1859

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“Earth-shattering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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