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startling

adjective

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startling

verb
present participle of startle

Synonyms & Antonyms of startling (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to make a strong impression on (someone) with something unexpected
  • the lightning startled the children and sent them scurrying for cover

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2 to move suddenly and sharply (as in surprise)
  • the cat startled when the door slammed shut with a bang

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The first known use of startling was in 1609

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“Startling.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/startling. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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