Origin of shocking

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

Synonyms for shocking Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for unshocking


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



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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