shocking

adjective
shock·ing | \ˈshä-kiŋ \

Definition of shocking 

: extremely startling, distressing, or offensive shocking news

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Other Words from shocking

shockingly \ˈshä-kiŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of shocking in a Sentence

The number of young teenagers who smoke is shocking. a shocking waste of money The building is in a shocking state.
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One of the most shocking messages was a pornographic photo O’Connell received of a 1-and-a-half year old girl. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Villanova ministry director facing child porn charges called naked toddler girls 'hot,' police say," 13 July 2018 Japan will take on Poland in their final FIFA World Cup Group H match in Volgograd on Thursday, in a clash between one of the tournament's surprise packages and one of its most shocking underachievers. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Japan vs Poland - Recent Form, Team News, Predicted Lineups & More," 27 June 2018 Filiform warts Filiform warts are among the most visually shocking. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The Ultimate Guide to Every Type of Wart and How to Treat It," 25 June 2018 What’s most shocking about these is how predictable tweets are, and also: how absolutely banal the ally sentiments and how vicious the attacks. April Wolfe, latimes.com, "Dark, feminist and fiery: Amber Tamblyn and her debut novel, 'Any Man'," 21 June 2018 In honor of the show’s penultimate episode, here are Billboard Pride’s picks for the 10 most shocking moments from the Drag Race season 10 reunion. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "The 10 Most Shocking Moments From the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 Reunion," 21 June 2018 Ultimately, even the most shocking tragedies fade into memory. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "What the new Salvation Army memorial tells us about Philadelphia's building boom," 12 June 2018 Sunday’s Fear the Walking Dead midseason finale delivered the series’ most shocking blow yet: Madison Clark, one of only two characters that remained on the series from its very beginning, has died. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Fear the Walking Dead Star on Her Character’s Death: “I Was Heartbroken”," 11 June 2018 The shocking moment when the galactic capital is blown up by the bad guys also raised eyebrows. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of shocking

1655, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shocking was in 1655

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shocking

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of shocking

: very surprising and upsetting or causing a sudden feeling of horror or disgust

: very bad

shocking

adjective
shock·ing | \ˈshä-kiŋ \

Kids Definition of shocking

1 : causing surprise, horror, or disgust shocking news

2 : being intense or bright in color shocking pink boots

Other Words from shocking

shockingly adverb

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