SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective causing intense surprise, disgust, horror, etc. very bad: shocking manners. Origin of shocking
First recorded in
1685–95; shock 1
-ing 2 Related forms shock·ing·ly, adverb shock·ing·ness, noun un·shock·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unshocking adjective causing shock, horror, or disgust shocking pink a vivid or garish shade of pink informal very bad or terrible shocking weather Derived Forms shockingly, adverb shockingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unshocking adj.
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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