Definition of shocking
: extremely startling, distressing, or offensive shocking news
shockinglyplay \-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.
Recent Examples of shocking from the Web
The complaints have sparked shocking revelations about how schools respond to sexual assault reports, namely at Baylor University and Cornell University.
The Menendez Murders dives into the players, the crime and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down behind the scenes.
Even more shocking, the diagnosis said this cancer was squamous cell carcinoma.
What’s even more shocking than the amount of jewels adorning the heiress was the size of her dramatic train.
Like King, Trump has a knack for expressing shocking sentiments that others may recoil from, Shapiro told me.
Five Tories who could step into job after shocking result Rudd, Johnson and Davis in the running as Brexit talks loom A shocking U.K. election result threw the Conservative Party into turmoil and has Theresa May scrambling to shore up her position.
But others, particularly from a French perspective, were quick to point out that the results of Britain’s most recent election, however shocking, were not a rejection of Brexit in any substantive way.
The world woke up Wednesday to the shocking (not) rumor that Alex Rodriguez was busy sexting another woman while supposedly in a committed relationship with the one and only Jennifer Lopez.
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First Known Use of shocking
SHOCKING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shocking for English Language Learners
: very surprising and upsetting or causing a sudden feeling of horror or disgust
: very bad
SHOCKING Defined for Kids
Definition of shocking for Students
1 : causing surprise, horror, or disgust shocking news
2 : being intense or bright in color shocking pink boots
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