earth·​shak·​ing | \ ˈərth-ˌshā-kiŋ How to pronounce earthshaking (audio) \

Definition of earthshaking

: of great importance : momentous an earthshaking announcement

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Other Words from earthshaking

earthshakingly adverb

Examples of earthshaking in a Sentence

earthshaking news—the President has been assassinated
Recent Examples on the Web Like others in his line of work, Paul said March 2020 was an earthshaking development: the moment live performance screeched to a halt. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 2021 The effect is shattering, creating a visceral immediacy that parachutes the viewer into that earthshaking moment, with no clear resolution in sight. Jason Bailey, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2021 His early songs, released as Elvis Presley was shaking up the music scene, were a sort of comfort food, jaunty yet melodic and not too earthshaking. New York Times, 22 Jan. 2021 Something earthshaking has happened, but the first guest booked to talk about it has canceled, so Sanjay Gupta will be calling for an emergency Zoom chat in 30 minutes. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 3 Dec. 2020 Nothing earthshaking happens in any of Brown’s videos -- at least, not in the first eight -- but fans appear to be tuning in, eager to find out more about Alabama Hannah. Mary Colurso |, al, 17 Nov. 2020 Wucker's gray rhino is not an earthshaking event out of nowhere. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2020 Of course, the answers are up to the individual reader and will vary based on things like family dynamics and how earthshaking the consequences of knowing might be. Pam Belluck, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2020 Barring some earthshaking revelation in the House managers' opening statement, not very. Damon Linker, TheWeek, 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of earthshaking

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Earthshaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of earthshaking

: very important

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