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English definition of “shocking”

shocking

adjective (OFFENSIVE)    /ˈʃɒk.ɪŋ/ US  /ˈʃɑː.kɪŋ/
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
(Definition of shocking adjective (OFFENSIVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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