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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.
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shocking adjective (VERY BAD)

mainly UK informal extremely bad or unpleasant, or of very low quality: What shocking weather! My memory is shocking.

shocking adjective (SURPRISING)

extremely surprising: The news came as a shocking blow.
shockingly
adverb uk   us   /-li/ mainly UK informal
The service was shockingly bad. The restaurant charges shockingly high prices for its food. Stories of abused and battered children are shockingly familiar.
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