creating sudden alarm, surprise, or wonder; astonishing.
- star·tling·ly, adverb
- un·star·tling, adjective
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How to use startling in a sentence
A startling amount of human happiness and wellbeing depends on our relationship with this one plant.The Environmental Headache in Your Shampoo - Issue 90: Something Green | Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay | September 16, 2020 | Nautilus
Today, Rent the Runway has more than 1,200 employees and does more than $100 million in revenue, but in 2009 the responses Jenn and her co-founder, Jennifer Fleiss, got from investors were less than encouraging, sometimes even startling.‘How I Built This’ host Guy Raz on insights from some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs | Rachel King | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
It is startling to have someone look you in the eye and tell you things you know are lies.“People want to believe”: How Love Fraud builds an absorbing docuseries around a romantic con man | Alissa Wilkinson | September 4, 2020 | Vox
That it occurred during a recession, a pandemic and record unemployment is a startling feat.The Fed’s bearish outlook puts the global stocks rally on pause | Bernhard Warner | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
This summer has seen some startling examples of what these methods can accomplish.
So this startling move towards Internet censorship should come as no surprise.The UK’s War on Porn: ‘Proof That Men Making These Rules Do Not See Women as Equals’ | Aurora Snow | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some of the concern over student debt is likely driven by the startling headline numbers.The Student Loan Crisis That Isn’t About Kids at Harvard | Monica Potts | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cirque du Soleil obviously sprang to startling success with a variety of shows since its 1987 founding.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus | Anthony Paletta | November 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For many governments, corporations, and individuals, these numbers are startling.Why Isn't Silicon Valley Doing More to Fight Ebola? | Abby Haglage | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These numbers, although startling, are thought to “vastly underestimate” the reality.CDC Director: First U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’ | Abby Haglage | September 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a mighty simple transaction, but it produced some startling results for me, that same coin-spinning.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
The sudden way she turned upon him, rising from her chair and standing over him, was so startling that he got up too.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
And then with a startling suddenness came the thought that, before now, men had been drowned in their baths!Uncanny Tales | Various
Our prisoner's was perhaps the most startling name which could have been pronounced among those high-blooded and headlong men.
This is a proposition which must, from its very nature, be startling to non-smokers, and surprising to many smokers.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for startling
causing surprise or fear; striking; astonishing
- startlingly, adverb
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