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shocking

[ shok-ing ]
/ ˈʃɒk ɪŋ /
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adjective
causing intense surprise, disgust, horror, etc.
very bad: shocking manners.
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Origin of shocking

First recorded in 1685–95; shock1 + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM shocking

shock·ing·ly, adverbshock·ing·ness, nounun·shock·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shocking

shocking
/ (ˈʃɒkɪŋ) /

adjective
causing shock, horror, or disgust
shocking pink a vivid or garish shade of pink
informal very bad or terribleshocking weather

Derived forms of shocking

shockingly, adverbshockingness, noun
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