earth·​shak·​ing ˈərth-ˌshā-kiŋ How to pronounce earthshaking (audio)
: of great importance : momentous
an earthshaking announcement
earthshakingly adverb

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Example Sentences

earthshaking news—the President has been assassinated
Recent Examples on the Web Such attention is disorienting for the somewhat reclusive Lee, though not nearly as earthshaking as his first journey through the South. Casey Gerald, The Atlantic, 14 Sep. 2022 Likewise, the current data do not yet reflect the anticipated effects of the earthshaking Supreme Court decision issued in June. Stephanie Ebbert,, 30 Aug. 2022 Some of the New England’s most reliable Blues/R&B club bands gathers for an earthshaking Stafford Spring Blues Fest Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Stafford Springs’ Hyde Park. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 29 July 2022 As with the box discovered underneath the Lee statue, the results were disappointing, mostly photographs and documents of no earthshaking importance. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earthshaking was in 1835

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“Earthshaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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