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

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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 While the results of this reform commission will be less earthshaking than McGovern-Fraser, the new rules could end up prolonging the 2020 nominating contest. Adam Hilton, Washington Post, "The Democratic Party’s latest reform commission just met. It’s likely to slash the power of superdelegates.," 12 Dec. 2017 The pacing, moreover, has actually been somewhat sluggish, as the cat-and-mouse game has unfolded and tested alliances with relatively few earthshaking developments. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Walking Dead' sets stage for key death," 10 Dec. 2017 Yet as Russia tiptoes toward the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution on Nov. 7, his perspective on the consequences and costs to Russia of that earthshaking event is deeply complicated. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "One family’s divergent views of the Bolshevik revolution tell a tale of Russia’s complicated past – and present," 5 Nov. 2017 In the grand scheme of things, the rather overhyped opening of this modest tomb in Draa Abu Al-Naga doesn't really reveal anything earthshaking. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "What it's like to crawl inside a 3,500-year-old Egyptian tomb," 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of earthshaking

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earthshaking was in 1835

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English Language Learners Definition of earthshaking

: very important

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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