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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earthshakingly adverb

Examples of earthshaking in a Sentence

earthshaking news—the President has been assassinated
Recent Examples on the Web Wucker's gray rhino is not an earthshaking event out of nowhere. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus pandemic is the latest example of a 'Gray Rhino' that leaders ignored," 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, "Before You Spit in That Vial, Read This Book," 3 Mar. 2020 Barring some earthshaking revelation in the House managers' opening statement, not very. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "The only thing we don't know about the outcome of Trump's impeachment trial," 22 Jan. 2020 Fender’s Ten 5s distinguish themselves best when handling acoustic instruments and vocals, and the detail and airiness of their sound simply comes at the expense of earthshaking bass. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Fender Ten 5 review: all about that treble," 9 July 2019 Try to separate them into categories, [deal with] the ones that are a little bit more easily addressable, [then] the ones that are more difficult to address, and [then] the ones that are truly earthshaking. Christian Bourge, Popular Mechanics, "How Transplanted Pig Lungs Could Save Human Patients," 30 July 2013 The scandal over the fund gripped Malaysia and ultimately led to the election victory of an opposition bloc led by the 92-year-old Mr. Mahathir on May 9, an earthshaking event in a country that had been governed by a single coalition for decades. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "Goldman Sachs Made Millions in Malaysia. Now Malaysia Wants Some Money Back.," 14 June 2018 In a normal administration, the changing of a communications director would hardly constitute earthshaking news, but Hicks played an unusually weighty role in Trump’s inner circle. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "All the President’s Courtiers," 2 Apr. 2018 Supersonic planes are mounting a comeback—without that earthshaking boom. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "To Stay Healthy On Your Next Flight, Avoid Aisles and Stay Put," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of earthshaking

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Earthshaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of earthshaking

: very important

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