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  1. causing intense surprise, disgust, horror, etc.
  2. very bad: shocking manners.
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Origin of shocking

First recorded in 1685–95; shock1 + -ing2
Related formsshock·ing·ly, adverbshock·ing·ness, nounun·shock·ing, adjective

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Related Words for shockingly

terribly, disturbingly, horribly, shockingly, fearfully, dismally, cruelly, wrongly, indecently, badly, appallingly, tragically

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Contemporary Examples of shockingly

Historical Examples of shockingly

  • Bressant, who took the part of Charles Quint, was shockingly bad.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • 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

    Emile Zola

  • So shockingly sudden, there was not even time for remonstrance at himself.

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

    The Moon is Green

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

British Dictionary definitions for shockingly


  1. causing shock, horror, or disgust
  2. shocking pink a vivid or garish shade of pink
  3. informal very bad or terribleshocking weather
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Derived Formsshockingly, adverbshockingness, noun
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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.

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