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[stahrt-ling, stahr-tl-ing] /ˈstɑrt lɪŋ, ˈstɑr tl ɪŋ/
creating sudden alarm, surprise, or wonder; astonishing.
Origin of startling
Related forms
startlingly, adverb
unstartling, adjective Unabridged
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  • Many of the paintings were on a peculiar transparent substance that gave to the subject a startlingly vivid effect.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • The soliloquy, too, is startlingly characteristic of Hamlet.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Beside it was a water color of Janet at the age of two, even then startlingly like her grandmother.

    Black Oxen Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • Now the rattle of a key in the hall-door was startlingly audible.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Lost children were restored after prayers were made for them in startlingly impressive manners.

    Praying for Money Russell H. Conwell
British Dictionary definitions for startlingly


causing surprise or fear; striking; astonishing
Derived Forms
startlingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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