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shocking

adjective uk   /ˈʃɒk.ɪŋ/ us    /ˈʃɑː.kɪŋ/

shocking adjective (OFFENSIVE)

B1 offensive, upsetting, or immoral: The sex scenes in the book were considered very shocking at the time when it was published. There are few crimes more truly shocking than the murder or abuse of children.Morally wrong and evilDishonestSaddening, shocking and upsetting

shocking adjective (VERY BAD)

mainly UK informal extremely bad or unpleasant, or of very low quality: What shocking weather! My memory is shocking.Not of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for badSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad

shocking adjective (SURPRISING)

extremely surprising: The news came as a shocking blow.Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
shockingly
adverb uk   /-li/ mainly UK informal us  
The service was shockingly bad. The restaurant charges shockingly high prices for its food. Stories of abused and battered children are shockingly familiar.Saddening, shocking and upsettingSurprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upsetNot of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for badSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
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