- causing intense surprise, disgust, horror, etc.
- very bad: shocking manners.
Origin of shocking
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Examples from the Web for shockingly
Shockingly, this last couplet made it into the 1953 film version; someone was napping over at MGM.When Broadway Musicals Were Dark And Subversive
December 16, 2014
But faced with a sleeper hit, HBO shockingly did not quite feel the same way.Alright ‘True Detective,’ You Got Me: Taylor Kitsch Is a Woman’s Man
November 1, 2014
A shockingly small number of states require sex education to be medically accurate, and free from promotion of religion.What Henry VIII Teaches Us About Sex Ed
September 15, 2014
And shockingly, his lawyer said, Christie did nothing wrong.Who Isn’t Investigating Chris Christie?
June 25, 2014
It seems logical, but shockingly this is not the standard-of-care.Clinton Doc: This Is How We’ll Fix Health Care
June 12, 2014
Bressant, who took the part of Charles Quint, was shockingly bad.My Double Life
I want to speak to Louise, although I am afraid I am shockingly de trop.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
The rooms they occupied were left in a shockingly filthy condition.The Downfall
So shockingly sudden, there was not even time for remonstrance at himself.We're Friends, Now
But when he spoke again, his voice was shockingly bright and kind.The Moon is Green
Fritz Reuter Leiber
- causing shock, horror, or disgust
- shocking pink a vivid or garish shade of pink
- informal very bad or terribleshocking weather
Word Origin and History for shockingly
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.