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shocking

[shok-ing] /ˈʃɒk ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing intense surprise, disgust, horror, etc.
2.
very bad:
shocking manners.
Origin of shocking
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; shock1 + -ing2
Related forms
shockingly, adverb
shockingness, noun
unshocking, adjective
Synonyms
1. staggering, astounding, startling, appalling.
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  • Bressant, who took the part of Charles Quint, was shockingly bad.

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  • But when he spoke again, his voice was shockingly bright and kind.

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British Dictionary definitions for shockingly

shocking

/ˈʃɒkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing shock, horror, or disgust
2.
shocking pink, a vivid or garish shade of pink
3.
(informal) very bad or terrible: shocking weather
Derived Forms
shockingly, adverb
shockingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shockingly

shocking

adj.

1690s, "offensive," present participle adjective from shock (v.1). From 1704 as "causing a jolt of indignation, horror, etc.;" from 1798 as "so bad as to be shocking." Related: Shockingly. Shocking pink introduced February 1937 by Italian-born fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

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