world-shaking

adjective

world-shak·​ing ˈwərl(d)-ˌshā-kiŋ How to pronounce world-shaking (audio)

Examples of world-shaking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Commissions were created and reports written after 9/11 and the Iraq War, DeSantis said, but there’s been no such commission for COVID-19 despite it also being a world-shaking event. Romy Ellenbogen, Miami Herald, 10 Feb. 2024 The French Revolution and its unsettled aftermath—a world-shaking era in many respects—made Vesuvius into an emblem of cataclysmic transformation. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 This coming November 22 is the 60th anniversary of an event that was world-shaking, ... Brian T. Allen, National Review, 18 Nov. 2023 That world-shaking Ebola outbreak in 2014, for example, started in a Guinean village surrounded by a ring of forest. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, 8 Aug. 2023 Success could mean a more middle-income future that fulfills the country’s world-shaking promise. Hari Kumar Atul Loke, New York Times, 28 June 2023 Following her daughter’s initial world-shaking performance in Paris, Bey shared a loving tribute to Blue on Instagram, expressing her love and pride after the showstopping cameo. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 June 2023 White House estimates say a prolonged default could cause 8.3 million job losses and a world-shaking recession, while a brief default could lead to 500,000 fewer jobs. Mary Clare Jalonick, Chicago Tribune, 24 May 2023 In order to ascertain this information, the team tracked the aftermath of two literally world-shaking events through Mars—one was a marsquake (the Martian equivalent of an earthquake) and the other was the shock from a large impact. Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 4 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of world-shaking was in 1824

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“World-shaking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/world-shaking. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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