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

Examples of earthshaking in a Sentence

earthshaking news—the President has been assassinated
Recent Examples on the Web Had Asian demand kept to its historic trend, there would have been no massive glut and probably no earthshaking price collapse. Michael Levi, Foreign Affairs, 16 June 2015 This call, the last time the founders would address their company, was an earthshaking moment for a workplace whose leaders inspired so much loyalty that several employees shared matching tattoos with Olguin. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, 19 July 2023 It also should be said that the $85 million value of the missing parts matches the price to procure one F-35A fighter—obviously an important sum, but not an earthshaking loss. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 8 June 2023 Overall length is down 0.8 inch; that's as earthshaking as the differences get. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 1 June 2023 Other nominees included Mary J. Blige, who gave an earthshaking performance during the main broadcast, PJ Morton, and Lucky Daye. Jonah Valdezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2023 Like Swift, Stevenson wasn’t arguing for the actual feasibility of his idea; the paper was a thought experiment, an exercise to show the literally earthshaking scale of effort that would be needed to probe deep into the planet. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, 13 July 2014 Few people alive today can fully appreciate the earthshaking importance of Alexander Fleming’s 1928 discovery of penicillin. Christian Millman, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2019 Which may not seem like an earthshaking sum of money over a decade and a half. Deborah Vankinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2022

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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 20 Jul. 2024.

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